Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes

Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes

On Sunday, Maj. Gen. Nadeem Anjum, inspector general of Frontier Corps in Pakistan's southern Balochistan province, said 50 Afghan security personnel had been killed and another 100 injured when Pakistani forces "retaliated to unprovoked firing" from across the border.

Gen. Nadeem Ahmad Anjum, told journalists at the border crossing that two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the fighting, which began Friday.

The border conflict exploded last week after Islamabad said Afghan security forces fired on Pakistani census workers, killing nine civilians and wounding 42, including women and children.

The two armies traded fire Friday, May 5, 2017, around the Chaman border crossing, which has been closed by Pakistan, stranding people on both sides. Initial reports said twelve people had died, including civilians and troops from both countries, and scores had been wounded. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the incident, a significant escalation of hostilities between the two neighbors.

Amid worsening ties with Afghanistan, Pakistan announced in March it had started building a fence along the volatile Afghan-Pakistani border.

Kashif Nabi, a local administrator in Pakistan's Baluchistan province said the surveyor teams, which included military officers, arrived in the border villages on Monday and were working "amicably".

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In March this year former Afghan President Hamid Karzai again said that Afghanistan would never accept the Durand Line as an worldwide border, stoking fears on the Pakistani side.

"Anyone who tries to make Pakistan's territory disputed will face similar consequences", he said while speaking to reporters in the town of Chaman, adding that the border would remain closed until Afghanistan "changes behavior". It was the third consecutive meeting in three days.

Pakistan shares a 2,200-kilometer- (1,375 mile-) long porous border with Afghanistan.

Trump's National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, visited Kabul and Islamabad in the middle of April, just days after the United States military bombed Afghanistan with the largest nonnuclear weapon in its arsenal, the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb.

"Residents are anxious that fighting could start any minute because security forces remain in the area".

Later Friday, the Pakistani military said a hotline had been established between the two sides and that the cross-border shooting had stopped.

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