Pak Army DGMO denounces cross-border firing by Afghan forces

Pak Army DGMO denounces cross-border firing by Afghan forces

RAWALPINDI: Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Pakistan Army Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza Friday condemned unprovoked firing on Pakistani villagers and security forces which caused casualties.

This was conveyed by Pakistan DGMO to his Afghan counterpart during a hotline contact made between Pakistan and Afghan DGMOs in the wake of firing by the Afghan Border Police targeting civilian population, census teams and Frontier Corps team providing security to the census team, from across the border.

Pakistan's DGMO told his counterpart that the villages were geographically divided which were situated on both sides but Pakistan forces and civilians were on own side of the border, Inter Services Public Relations in a news release here said.

The Afghan DGMO acknowledged that border was in between villages and not at the ditch which was well inside Pakistan as being perceived by them.

Pakistan DGMO asked Afghan DGMO that their forces to stay on their side of the border and defuse the situation.

DGMO Pakistan Army told his counterpart "We shall continue our work within our border."

A local commanders level Border Flag meeting is in progress post the hotline.

Afghan DGMO agreed to take up the matter and issue necessary orders accordingly.

"Fire has stopped as of now", the ISPR added. (APP)