Islamabad, July 26, 2021: Atleast 50 officials of Afghan National Army defected and sought refuge by crossing over into Pakistan amid rising onslaught of Afghan Taliban.
A press statement issued by Pakistan Army’s public relations department, ISPR, while elaborating the details of defection said the Afghan National Army ( ANA) local Commander opposite Arundu Sector, Chitral requested Pakistan Army for refuge and safe passage for 46 soldiers of Afghan National Army and Border Police including 5 officers as they were unable to hold their military posts along Pak – Afghan International Border due to evolving security situation in Afghanistan.
Pakistan army contacted Afghan authorities for information and necessary formalities.
These Afghan soldiers arrived at Arundu Sector, Chitral late last night.
After contact with Afghan authorities and necessary military procedures, 46 soldiers including 5 officers have been given refuge / safe passage into Pakistan, ISPR said.
Afghan soldiers have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care as per established military norms
These soldiers including officers will be returned to Afghan govt authorities in a dignified manner after due process.
Previously on July 1, 35 Afghan soldiers also requested Pak army for refuge/ safe passage due to inability to hold their military post along Pak- Afg International Border.
They were also given safe passage into Pakistan and handed over to Afghan govt authorities after due procedure.