Army kills 50 Afghan forces in border fight

Army kills 50 Afghan forces in border fight

"Afghan security official at the border confirmed to us at least four policemen killed, and that one woman, a civilian, was killed as a result of artillery attack by Pakistani forces", he said, adding Afghan officials also denied claims that Pakistani civilians were killed.

Kabul reported six deaths on the Afghan side. "Anyone who tries to make Pakistan's territory disputed will face similar consequences", Lt Gen Riaz told reporters during a visit to Chaman, where the Friday clashes took place. Both sides suffered casualties.

"The flag meeting ended without any concrete decision", a security official said.

"The objective of our trip here is that a ceasefire should be in place so that civilians on either side of the border can return to their homes and (that we can) find a solution to the issue through diplomacy", said general Farid Ahmad, head of the Afghan delegation.

The spokesman said some foreign elements are creating hurdles in the peace process between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In March this year former Afghan President Hamid Karzai again said that Afghanistan would never accept the Durand Line as an worldwide border, stoking fears on the Pakistani side. The Afghan DGMO acknowledged that border was between villages. Majority of the villagers have already left their homes. Pedestrian movement has also been banned in the no-go area.

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.

In February, it was closed along with other crossings after a series of terrorist attacks, which Pakistan said were launched by militants hiding in Afghanistan. The authority also distributed relief goods among the affected people.

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The clashes prompted thousands of families to flee the area, he said.

Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri had earlier announced an allocation of Rs150m to cover the damage in Chaman.

He said Kabul did not positively respond to efforts made by Islamabad to improve relations with Afghanistan in recent months.

"It is the responsibility of the Afghan government to ensure that such incidents are permanently stopped", Sharif said.

Yesterday, Pakistani forces elevated their rhetoric by saying Afghan forces had suffered dramatic losses.

Sadiq had led an unprecedented 17-member delegation of top leaders from both houses of the parliament to Afghanistan on the invitation of the Afghan president with an aim to lower tensions between the two neighbouring countries. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said in a statement.

Pakistani Major General Nadeem Anjum said following Islamabad's retaliation, Afghanistan pleaded for ceasefire on Friday, which Pakistan accepted.

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