Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Pakistan Army kills 7 Afghan troops

Pakistan Army has killed 7 Afghan troops after being fired upon and getting several soldiers wounded.This is the most serious incident after several years between Afghan troops and Pakistani troops.Pakistan military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad said Afghan troops opened “unprovoked firing” on five or six border posts in the Kurram tribal region in northwest Pakistan. Pakistani paramilitary forces retaliated, he said.“We have reports six to seven of their troops have been killed. Three of our soldiers have been wounded,” Arshad said.Murad Ali Murad, Afghan army general, who is based in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, confirmed the clash and said there had been casualties on his side but didn't confirm the exact number."The clash erupted after Pakistani forces moved a border post toward the Afghan side in Zazai district", the Afghan general said. "Afghan troops had been sent in to back up border police as the fighting escalated", he said.The tensions between the neighbors have increased after the Afghan complaints that Pakistan is not enough to stop Taliban insurgents operating from the Pakistani side. However, Pakistan has stationed more than 90,000 troops in order to support the stability in Afghanistan and stop the Taliban attacks in Afghanistan which is nearly impossible looking at the geographical area.The clash comes two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf met for the first time in months and agreed to step up security cooperation.Stung by accusations it is not doing enough to stop the insurgents, Pakistan has begun building a fence along parts of the border to stop militant infiltration. But Afghanistan opposes fencing a border it has never recognised.Disagreement over the internationally recognised border, known as the Durand Line after the British colonial administrator who drew it, has bedeviled relations since Pakistan’s creation in 1947.

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