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Afghan, Pakistani officials agree to defuse tension

Afghan, Pakistani officials agree to defuse tension

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May 06, 2017 - 08:16

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior officials have agreed on defusing tensions on the Durand Lineinfo-icon after a deadly exchange of fire between border guards from Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon in Chaman.

On Friday, nine Pakistanis and four Afghans were killed as border forces traded heavy gunfire across the Friendship Gate in Chaman. Dozens of civilians sustained injuries in the clash.

Military spokesman Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza condemned the unprovoked firing on Pakistani villagers and security forces, which caused casualties.

He told his Afghan counterpart civilians were residing in villages situated on both sides of the Durand Line. The Afghan DGMO acknowledged that border was between villages.

A local commander-level border flag meeting was also held after the contact between DGMOs to ensure de-escalation. The Afghan DGMO agreed to take up the issue with higher-ups.

According to Afghan officials, the fire exchange erupted after Pakistani forces entered the Afghan territory. Four border police personnel were killed and 14 others wounded in the clash, Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said.

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