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Exchange of fire on Afghanistan-Pakistan border kills civilians

Exchange of fire on Afghanistan-Pakistan border kills civilians

Pakistani hospital and security officials in Chaman say the death toll on their side is at least nine civilians, including women and children, while more than 40 have been wounded. "The Afghan government has adopted a negative approach towards Pakistan and that's why its forces are carrying out attacks inside our territory in a bid to challenge our sovereignty", he added. It accused Afghan border police of "creating hurdles" for the census.

Afghan Director General Military Operations "acknowledged that border is in between villages and not at the ditch which is well inside Pakistan as being perceived by them", the statement said.

In strongly worded televised remarks, Pakistan's Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said Saturday that the latest skirmishes were a reflection of the "nexus" between Kabul and New Delhi.

"This was a shameful act to target civilians at the border villages of Pakistan", Riaz had said earlier when he visited Chaman.

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The Pakistani and Afghan armies have been clashing at the Chaman border crossing in southwestern Baluchistan province since Friday.

"We are not happy over their losses since they are our Muslim brothers", Anjum had said, according to Pakistani media outlet, Dawn.

Violence ceased later in the day and officials from both sides were due to meet at the frontier, the Pakistani military said.

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in a statement called the Afghan firing "unfortunate" and he urged Afghanistan to end cross-border attacks that threatened the peace between the two countries. "The worldwide border at Chaman will remain closed for an indefinite period until the Afghan government and its forces change their attitude towards Pakistan and its people", Lt Gen Raiz said while addressing media and tribal elders.

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Pakistani Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza asked the Afghan military to ensure its forces stay on their side and take every step to "defuse the situation" while the Pakistani military would "work within our own border". However, hostilities reignited over the weekend over the centuries-old dispute between Islamabad and Kabul at the boundary, known as the Durand Line, which runs through villages on both sides.

Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles carrying Afghan transit trade goods and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supplies were stuck on both sides of the border as the crossing points at the Friendship Gate and other places were closed.

Shahzad reported from Islamabad.

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