Pakistani Ulema to visit Afghanistan to end cross-border hostility

A four-member delegation of Pakistani Ulema will visit Afghanistan for reconciliation and end the cross-border hostility in Chaman since the

attack by Afghan forces that killed one civilian and injured 15 others, district administration said on Sunday, as per media reports.

It was the second time in five days that the Afghan border forces opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire, using heavy weapons, at the civilian area in Balochistan’s Chaman city.

Levies officials reported that multiple artillery rounds were fired upon the civilian population around the Boghra Road and Custom House areas from the Afghan side, to which the Pakistani authorities responded befittingly, Geo News reported.

The Chaman district administration said that the Ulema delegation will meet the Afghan Ministry of Defence officials and others in Kandahar and Kabul and hold discussions with key Taliban leaders, it said.

They said that the flag meeting of Pakistani-Afghan border security forces was postponed upon the departure of Ulema delegation.

Meanwhile, the routine affairs were restored in the civillian areas on both sides of Chaman border.

The medical superintendent said that at least nine civillians were killed and over 45 civillians were injured in the firing of artilery shells by Afghan forces from December 11 to 15.

He said that the injured in the cross-border attack are undergoing medical treatment.

Authorities said that the clashes broke out between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Chaman border over the intervention of Afghan forces during the repair of the fence in the Sheikh Lal Muhammad sector of the border.

During the previous attack, six people were killed and 17 others were injured, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to the military’s media wing, the Afghan border forces used artillery and mortars in the attack.




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