| QUETTA, Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan Clashes erupted amongst Pakistani and Afghan troops on Friday together their disputed border and at minimum a single individual was killed, Pakistan’s navy mentioned, in yet another blow to now tense relations amongst the neighbors.
Pakistan’s navy mentioned the clashes broke out in a remote village in close proximity to the Pakistani border city of Chaman as a Pakistani census staff, guarded by troops from its Frontier Corps (FC), was amassing population figures.
“Afghan border law enforcement opens fireplace on FC in depth for stability of population census staff,” mentioned Pakistan military’s media wing, introducing that 18 men and women have been wounded.
“Trade of fireplace continues. Chaman crossing closed.”
The Chaman crossing into Afghanistan’s Kandahar province is a single of two key crossing factors on the border.
Even though the navy mentioned a single individual experienced been killed, a doctor in a medical center in Chaman told Reuters that 3 men and women experienced been killed in the preventing.
Zia Durani, law enforcement spokesman for Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, mentioned Pakistani officials have been applying the census as a cover for “malicious things to do and to provoke villagers towards the governing administration”.
“They did not heed the warning and we have distinct orders to have interaction them,” Durani mentioned, introducing two Afghan border law enforcement have been wounded.
Relations amongst the nations around the world have been uneasy because Pakistan’s independence in 1947. Afghanistan has historically relished superior ties with Pakistan’s arch rival, India.
Afghanistan has for decades accused Pakistan of sheltering Afghan Taliban militants on its soil. Pakistan officially denies that even while a variety of Taliban leaders have in excess of the decades been killed, died and detained in Pakistan.
Rigidity has been rising in the latest months amid new exchanges of accusations of not carrying out sufficient to deal with militants partaking in cross-border raids.
Pakistan’s navy mentioned Afghan border law enforcement experienced been “making hurdles” because April 30 for the census staff in the Chaman area.
“This was performed regardless of the point that Afghan authorities experienced been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and navy channels for perform of the census,” the navy mentioned.
Previous yr, Pakistan started creating a barrier at the key border crossing in the city of Torkham, in close proximity to the Khyber Pass, angering Afghanistan which rejects the colonial-era Durand Line border drawn up in 1893.
Afghanistan has never ever formally acknowledged the line as the border.
(Additional reporting by Syed Raza Hassan in Karachi and Hamid Shalizi in Kabul Producing by Drazen Jorgic Modifying by Robert Birsel)