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FC Soldier Martyred, Two Injured In Separate Attacks Along Pak-Afghan Border

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A Frontier Corps soldier was martyred and two others were injured in two violent incidents along the Pak-Afghan Border on Thursday.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, “Terrorists operating from Afghanistan resorted to firing mortar and heavy weapons at Pakistan posts in the Binshahi Sector, Dir, on Wednesday afternoon.” The incident was followed by the Afghan Border Police Posts engaging Pakistan’s border troops in the evening, added the statement.

Condemning the ‘unprovoked aggressive action’ by Afghan forces, the Foreign Office said that the incident took place on the same day the Afghan Army was requested to hold a border flag meeting at Binshahi in order to ‘discuss cross border fire issues’.

The statement also condemned the ‘evident support provided to the terrorists’ by the neighbouring country, noting that such acts were ‘detrimental’ to the cooperation mechanism between the countries.

“Pakistan reiterates its determination to firmly respond to orchestrated terrorist attacks from across the border,” the statement concluded.

The Foreign Office said Pakistani troops had responded to firing by the Afghan forces. “Pakistani Force did not open fire first and responded in self-defence only,” the FO said, rejecting Afghan allegation of firing at the civilian population.

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