ISLAMABAD          –       Pakistan’s safety forces solely responded in self-defence after being provoked by the Afghan forces, the international ministry stated on Friday.

A press release issued by the international ministry stated: “On 30 July 2020, at the Friendship Gate Chaman, Afghan forces opened unprovoked fire on innocent civilians gathered towards Pakistan’s side of the international border.”

It added: “Pakistan troops deployed on the posts were also simultaneously engaged by Afghan posts. Pakistan troops responded to protect our local population and acted only in self-defence. It is reiterated that Pakistan Force did not open fire first and responded in self-defence only.”

To de-escalate the scenario, the assertion stated, “the Pakistan side immediately activated both military and diplomatic channels and it was after hectic efforts that the firing was stopped from Afghan side.”

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The borders with Afghanistan had been opened for pedestrian motion and commerce, upon the request of the Afghan authorities.

“Pakistan is undertaking concerted efforts to ensure regulated movement of trade between the two countries, which are being challenged by elements opposed to such regulation. Moreover, due to Eid ul Azha, pedestrians’ move was also allowed. People gathered for this purpose were deliberately targeted by Afghan forces for incomprehensible reasons,” it added.

This unlucky incident, it stated, “resulted in numerous casualties and deliberate/serious damage to state infrastructure on the Pakistan side. There were, reportedly, unfortunate losses on the Afghan side as well. All this could have been avoided if fire had not been initiated from the Afghan side.”

Pakistan reiterated its honest readiness to additional improve fraternal relations with Afghanistan within the curiosity of peace and stability within the area. “We hope our constructive efforts will be reciprocated,” the assertion stated.

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Earlier, not less than three individuals, together with a girl, had been killed and over 20 injured in a conflict between an unruly mob and safety forces at Friendship Gate border crossing in Chaman on Thursday, whereas a heavy alternate of fireplace additionally came about between Pakistani and Afghan safety forces. The border crossing was reopened on Wednesday to permit individuals from each side to journey to their native areas to rejoice Eid.

In response to stories, a lot of individuals gathered and staged a sit-in at Friendship Gate on Thursday with the intention to cross the border. Frontier Corps (FC) personnel requested them to maneuver away from the gate, however they refused to take action. The FC officers instructed them that the gate wouldn’t be opened till shifting of the protesters from the location.

In the meantime, a lot of Afghan nationals additionally gathered there for crossing into Afghanistan. Nonetheless, when the gate was not opened by the border officers, the protesters grew to become violent and attacked the places of work of FC and different authorities companies situated on the Friendship Gate and set the FC and Nadra places of work on fireplace.

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In the meantime, Info Minister Senator Shibli Faraz stated that Afghan forces opened unprovoked fireplace on civilians gathered at Pakistan’s aspect of Chaman border. 

Whereas addressing a press convention in Islamabad on Friday, he stated that some individuals tried to cross the border forcefully. He stated some factor concerned in smuggling, provoked them to cross the border for his or her vested curiosity.

The Minister stated that steps will probably be taken for an built-in border system with Afghanistan. He stated Pakistan has robust relations with Afghanistan and each nations will normalize the scenario at borders

gate, however they refused to take action. The FC officers instructed them that the gate wouldn’t be opened till shifting of the protesters from the location. In the meantime, a lot of Afghan nationals additionally gathered there for crossing into Afghanistan. Nonetheless, when the gate was not opened by the border officers, the protesters grew to become violent and attacked the places of work of FC and different authorities companies situated on the Friendship Gate and set the FC and Nadra places of work on fireplace. In the meantime, Info Minister Senator Shibli Faraz stated that Afghan forces opened unprovoked fireplace on civilians gathered at Pakistan’s aspect of Chaman border.  Whereas addressing a press convention in Islamabad on Friday, he stated that some individuals tried to cross the border forcefully.

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