Pakistan Army helicopters enter Afghanistan Kunar province: Afghan FO

Pakistan Army helicopters enter Afghanistan Kunar province: Afghan FO

KABUL: Afghanistan summoned the Pakistani ambassador for third time in less than two weeks as persistent artillery shelling continues in eastern Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in a statement said that Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain was summoned this afternoon to lodge a protest regarding the shelling on Khas Kunar, Dara-e-Shali, Sarkano, Dara-e-Noli, Shadi Khel, and Dara-e-Shongri areas of Kunar.

The statement further added that four children lost their lives in the shelling and the Pakistani Army helicopters breached the Afghan airspace by hovering over certain areas in Khas Kunar district.

The head of the first political secretariat Musa Arefi lodged a protest with the Pakistani ambassador and asked him to forward strong protest of the Afghan authorities to relevant Pakistani authorities.

The Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan was summoned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan on Sunday regarding the persistent artillery shelling in eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

Local officials in Kunar said Sunday that the artillery shelling resumed late on Saturday days after it was halted. The officials further added that the shelling did not result in casualties of the local residents but hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes.

Meanwhile, a senior Afghan Interior Ministry official alleged that a terror attack last month that killed six Emirati diplomats in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan.

 “The attack was planned in Maulvi Ahmad madrissa in Chaman, Quetta,” Sediq Seddiqi, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, told Voice of America.

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to Afghanistan died of wounds sustained in the bomb attack in Kandahar last month that also killed five others. The diplomats were expected to open a number of UAE-backed projects as part of an aid programme in Afghanistan. The Taliban denied carrying out the bombing, saying the attack was a result of “internal local rivalry”.

VOA said 30,000 madaris operate across Pakistan, most of them legal and adhering strictly to religious teaching, the report said.