‘Rocket at­tack from Afghanistan kills 4 sol­diers’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

A cross bor­der rocket at­tack at an army post near Pak-Afghan bor­der in Khy­ber Agency killed four sol­diers and in­jured oth­ers, the mil­i­tary's media wing re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­tails, the In­ter-Ser­vices Public Re­la­tions said that the rocket was fired by ter­ror­ists from Afghanistan on Sun­day which re­sulted in the death of four mil­i­tary men and in­jured four oth­ers.

"Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, rounds fired from ( the) Afghanistan side by ter­ror­ists hit an 8,000-feet-high Pak­istani post in Akhand­wala Pass," the mil­i­tary said in a state­ment.

"Four Pak­istan army sol­diers em­braced mar­tyr­dom and four oth­ers were in­jured due to the rocket fire. Pak­istani troops be­fit­tingly re­sponded and elim­i­nated the group of ter­ror­ists," it added. This is not the first time that a cross bor­der at­tack has hap­pened on PakAfghan bor­der.

The at­tack comes at a time when re­la­tions be­tween Is­lam­abad and Afghanistan had started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in the wake of a surge in Tal­iban at­tacks in­side Afghanistan and state­ments of the Afghan lead­er­ship against Pak­istan.

Mean­while, Pak­istan lodged strong protest with Afghanistan over the rocket at­tack from Afghan side. "A strong protest was lodged with Afghanistan's Am­bas­sador Jan­nan Mosazai and he was told that Kabul must take ur­gent steps to stop such at­tacks from its ter­ri­tory," For­eign Of­fice sources said.

Pak­istan had also sum­moned the Afghan am­bas­sador last week to protest over a bor­der clash in which three Fron­tier Con­stab­u­lary men were killed on Au­gust 16 and 17.

Afghan is tan 's Am­bassa dor Janan Mosazai was sum­moned by For­eign Sec­re­tary Aizaz Chaudhry a day af­ter Pak­istani en­voy in Kabul Abrar Hus­sain was sum­moned by the Afghan for­eign min­istry over the same in­ci­dent in which they claim that eight of their bor­der guards had been killed.

"A strong protest was also lodged on cross-bor­der vi­o­la­tions from the Afghan side on 16 and 17 Au­gust 2015, which re­sulted in death of three FC per­son­nel and in­juries to two oth­ers," a FO state­ment said.

"The Afghan am­bas­sador was con­veyed that, as a mat­ter of pol­icy, Pak­istani author­i­ties do not ini­ti­ate fire and re­turn fire only in self-de­fence," it added. Ear­lier in July, two sol­diers were wounded when Afghan Na­tional Army fired at Pak­istan Army's po­si­tion in An­goor Adda area of South Waziris­tan Agency. A rocket-pro­pelled grenade-7 and a few rounds of small arms were fired on the An­goor Adda gate from the Afghan side caus­ing in­juries to the sol­diers, ISPR had said.

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