Afghanistan summons Pakistani Ambassador over heavy artillery shelling

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The Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MoFA) over heavy artillery shelling by Pakistan in eastern Nangarhar province.

According to a statement by MoFA, a formal protest was lodged regarding the shelling by handing over an official Memo of the Afghan government to the Pakistani Ambassador.

The statement further added that the deputy minister in administrative affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha said the shelling left one Afghan border police soldier martyred and two others wounded.

Strongly condemning the shelling by Pakistani military, Dr. Andisha said the shelling took place as Afghanistan was mourning the deadly Kabul attack which left over 400 people wounded.

He urged the Pakistani Ambassador to take immediate actions to halt the shelling in a bid to prevent further deterioration of ties between the two countries.

The Pakistani Ambassador expressed grief regarding the casualties as a result of the shelling and promised to hand over the official Memo and complaint of the Afghan government to the relevant authorities, the statement added.

The incident in Goshta district took place earlier this week with the local officials saying the Pakistani forces started shelling the Afghan border posts.

This comes as a similar incident took place in Goshta district earlier last month following Pakistani militia forces attack in Anarki area of Goshta district. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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