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Pakistan demarches Afghan diplomat over cross-border attack: sources

Demands of interim government to ensure their land was being used against Pakistan
Policemen stand guard outside the Foreign Ministry building in Islamabad on September 2, 2019. AFP
Policemen stand guard outside the Foreign Ministry building in Islamabad on September 2, 2019. AFP

Pakistan summoned a senior Afghan diplomat to the Foreign Office on Friday and handed him a demarche over the terrorist attack on two border posts in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which left four soldiers martyred.

The Foreign Office demanded that the interim Afghan government stop its soil from being used against Pakistan.

The development comes two days after four soldiers were martyred and 12 terrorists killed in an operation to repulse militants from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral district on September 6.

Meanwhile, interim Foreign Minister Jilal Abbas Jilani said that the cross-border attack was not sanctioned by the Taliban government of Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, the Foreign Office hoped the interim Afghan government would fulfil its obligations and deny the use of its soil by the terrorists for perpetrating acts of terrorism against Pakistan.

“Pakistan has communicated its concerns about the latest incident to the interim Afghan authorities,” Radio Pakistan quoted FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch as saying while responding to the queries of media persons in Islamabad regarding the cross-border attacks.

Earlier this week, United States National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that Washington would work with Pakistan to counter the threat it faced from the Afghanistan border.

At a press briefing, he rejected the suggestion that military equipment left by American forces in Afghanistan fell into the hands of militants and created security problems for countries in the region including Pakistan.

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