Tensions on the Pak-Afghan border are rising as three Pakistan Army soldiers got martyred in cross-border firing from Afghanistan. According to the Pak army’s media wing ISPR, Terrorists from inside Afghanistan across the international border, opened fire on Pakistani troops in general area Kharlachi, Kurram District. Pakistan Army troops responded in a befitting manner. As per credible intelligence reports, due to fire of own troops, terrorists suffered heavy casualties.
According to ISPR’s press release, “during fire exchange, Naik Muhammad Rehman (age 32 years, resident of Karak), Naik Maweez Khan (age 34 years, resident of Jamrud, Khyber) and Sepoy Irfan Ullah (age 27 yrs, resident of Dargai, Malakand), having fought gallantly, embraced shahadat.”
Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan and expects that Afghan Government will not allow conduct of such activities, in future.
“Pak Army is determined to defend Pakistan’s borders against the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve.” reads the ISPR press release.
On the other hand, the Deputy Central spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan claimed that Pakistani troops tried to establish a military post near the Durand line. When Afghan officials were trying to approach the Pakistani forces to discuss the matter, Pakistani troops opened fire on them. After this, Afghan forces retaliated.
Interestingly, the banned terrorist organization TTP has also accepted the responsibility of this attack.