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Pakistan summons Afghan diplomat after soldiers killed

AT News Report

KABUL: Pakistan summoned Afghanistan’s Charge d’ Affaires in Islamabad on Saturday to protest against killing of three Pakistani soldiers, while one more seriously injured near Durand Line.

“A strong demarche was made over the latest incident of firing on a Pakistan military contingent engaged in completion of fencing of Pakistan-Afghanistan border” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

While strongly condemning the attack, it was underscored that the Afghan side was responsible for securing the areas on its side of the border, as mutually agreed on several occasions, the statement added.

Pakistan once again called upon the Afghan government to do the needful to secure the border areas, especially along the sensitive points, to maintain the level of cooperation needed to effectively counterterrorist elements in their areas, the statement concluded.

Moreover, Pakistan also summoned an Indian diplomat on Saturday after it announced firing by Indian forces across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed territory of Kashmir killed a 40-year-old woman from the village of Balakot, media reported

The latest incidents come at an especially tense time between Pakistan and India, and as talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban have broken down.

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