Over 50 Afghan soldiers killed in Balochistan; Pakistan announces, Afhganistan denounces
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 08-May-2017

Islamabad, May 8: At Least fifty Afghan security personnel were killed and another 100 injured as Pakistani forces retaliated to unprovoked firing in Balochistan’s Chaman area last week, a top official claimed on Sunday. Afghan government strongly rejects the claims and said that only two border police forces lost their lives along with civilians and not what the Pakistani authorities are claiming.

Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Nadeem Ahmed said, “we are not pleased to announce this but the Afghan commanders are responsible for this," he said while briefing the media on the Chaman border firing issue. "We had informed them about our census activity."

While talking about the Afghan forces' attack, the IG said the census was carried out in Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir for four days until April 29 when they started to hinder the process. "But we restrained so that peace is not disrupted."

The next day a meeting between border forces was held where the Afghan authorities told their Pakistani counterparts to resume the census process after three to four days.

"We informed them, but our positive attitude was misused," he said. "The Afghan forces entered villages on Pakistan's side and used locals as human shields so that they could make a position for attacks." 

Also, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz, on Sunday, said that the Pakistan army had to destroy four to five Afghan posts after Afghan forces attempted to enter Pakistan.

"Anyone who tries to make Pakistan's territory disputed will face similar consequences," Lt. General Riaz said while speaking to media outlets in Chaman.

However, The Afghan government reacted at the remarks of a Pakistani general regarding the killing of at least 50 Afghan troops during the clash in Spin Boldak district located along the Durand Line, dismissing the claims as baseless.

The head of the Government Media and Information Center Sediq Sediqi the Afghan government rejects the claim by Pakistani general regarding the killing of 50 Afghan troops by the Pakistani militia forces.

The Afghan officials are saying that the Pakistani militia forces were conducting census inside the Loqman village which is located inside the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar and the clashes started after the Afghan border forces interfered to prevent the Pakistani forces activities inside the Afghan soil.