Two Pak soldiers martyred in Afghan border clash

Two Pak soldiers martyred in Afghan border clash

Afghanistan and Pakistan share a 2,430-kilometer (1,510-mile) long disputed border region called the Durand Line, named after the British colonial officer Sir Mortimer Durand who drew it between the then British India and Afghanistan in 1896. Afghan police said that force was used after the Pakistani troops illegally crossed the border.

A regional Afghan police chief said that the clashes broke out along the Zazi Maidan border district in the southeastern province of Khost adjacent to Kurram as Pakistan initiated firing to force people outside the claimed Pakistan border, reported by Anadolu Agency. Afghanistan does not recognize it as an worldwide border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.

It bears mentioning that at least two security official were martyred and five others were left injured in an attack from Afghanistan near the border in Lower Kurram, according to Inter-Services Public Relations.

Khost provincial governor spokesman Talib Mangal confirmed the incident, but said two Afghan civilians and four Pakistani troops were killed. "Military engagement is under way to defuse situation", read the statement.

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The bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt, Zadran told AFP. It added that hundreds of mortars had been fired by Pakistani forces on another Afghan province of Kunar since early April.

According to ISPR, the troops were carrying out routine surveillance in Kurram Agency for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations to start fencing along Afghan border.

Islamabad rejects the accusation, countering that militants targeting Pakistani forces and civilians reside on the Afghan side of the border.

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