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Cross-Durand Line aggression: Pakistan’s ambassador summoned

AT-KABUL: The deputy minister of foreign affairs, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, on Thursday summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Kabul over cross-Durand Line shelling.

According to a media statement of the foreign ministry issued here, the deputy minister expressed his concern to Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul Syed Ibrar Hussain in connection to the mortar and artillery shelling of Pakistani military forces over the Afghan territory along the Durand Line.

Recalling the attacks of Pakistani military forces on Afghan territory, Deputy Foreign Minister said: “In the last few days, Pakistani military forces have shelled 53 rounds of heavy weapons on Speen zhay, Dwa Khula, Chunchro Tangai, and Kamary Lakar areas of Nazyan District of Nangarhar Province, and Batash, Dolay Khor and Chogam areas of Naray and Sheigal Districts of Kunar Province that resulted in the killing of three civilians including a woman and also injuring two civilians. The continuity of such attacks is against the principles of good neighborhood and International law and norms, and can significantly harm the friendly relations between the two nations,” he said.

Recalling the efforts of Afghanistan in improving bilateral relations and confidence building between Kabul and Islamabad, the deputy minister termed the continuity of these attacks the violation of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and asked for the immediate stoppage of these attacks.

Deputy Foreign Minister further added: “These attacks not only caused financial and physical losses to the people of Afghanistan, but also raised the concern, hatred, and protest of the people, national assembly and the government of Afghanistan that can affect the relations between the two countries.”

Pakistani ambassador to Kabul promised to convey the concerns of Kabul to Islamabad.

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