Pakistan Afghanistan Forces reach truce after cross border clash

Pakistan Afghanistan Forces reach truce after cross border clash
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*ISLAMABAD:* Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed on a truce after cross-border clashes reportedly claimed the lives of at least four people on both sides of the border, Afghan officials said late Sunday.

Pakistan Army said at least two soldiers were killed and five others injured in firing in Kurram tribal region from the Afghan side.

Governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province Hukam Khan Habibi was quoted as saying that two persons were also killed in the border district of Zazai Maidan. Habibi told BBC Pashto service that the clashes stopped in the afternoon as both sides declared a ceasefire after hours of cross-border engagement.”Fighting was stopped on Pakistan’s request,” the governor said.

Police Chief in Khost Abdul Hanan confirmed that one security man was killed in the firing.

High level contacts were made to defuse the situation. However, he did not offer any comment on Afghan claim about the ceasefire. The ISPR also did not respond to a query posted to them.

“We approached Afghan side at the high level to stop fire from their side on the fencing and other work underway on our side. The work we are undertaking is to strengthen our border structures,” the official said, wishing not to be identified.

An army statement said that the Frontier Corps (FC) troops were fired upon from the Afghan side in Kurram tribal agency.”Troops were carrying out routine surveillance along Pak-Afghan border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area,” a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.”

Two FC soldiers martyred and 5 injured. Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties. Military engagement is underway to defuse situation,” the statement said.

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