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Pakistan summons Afghan envoy over border post firing


08:19, May 03, 2013

ISLAMABAD, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Thursday summoned Afghan Charge d'Affaires and lodged protest over unprovoked firing on a border check post, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry said that two soldiers were injured in firing by Afghan troops late Wednesday.

"The Afghan Charge d'Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office today for conveying protest of the Government of Pakistan on an unprovoked firing incident that took place on May 1, 2013 at 21:45 (local time) from the Afghan posts on the Pakistani Gursal post," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Two Frontier Constabulary (FC) soldiers got injured as a result of the heavy fire directly targeting the post, it said.

"Pakistan security forces exercised maximum restraint and communicated first to the Afghan side about this serious violation through military channels," the statement said.

It added that the Afghan diplomat was conveyed serious concern over this violation.

The statement said it is not the first time that heavy fire was initiated from the Afghan side causing heavy injury and damage to the Pakistani structures.

Afghan diplomat was asked to convey Pakistan's concern to the authorities in Afghanistan to timely share information with Pakistan military as per agreed procedure and avoid repeated violations which grossly undermine the existing coordination mechanisms between the security forces of the two countries.

"Pakistan believes that such incidents are vitiating the friendly relations and creating avoidable tension between the two brotherly countries," it went on to say.

On the other hand Afghan officials said that Pakistani side started firing and killed an Afghan soldier and injured three others in Goshti district in Ningarhar province.

Afghan media quoted unnamed officials as claiming that the Afghan troops had "destroyed constructions by Pakistani forces."

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