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The Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today by the Additional Secretary (Afghanistan & West Asia) and Pakistan’s strong protest was lodged over a cross-border terrorist attack in North Waziristan last night, launched by terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan. The unfortunate incident resulted in the martyrdom of three (03) Pakistani soldiers while seriously injuring seven (07) others.

On the night of 30th April / 1st May 2019, 70-80 terrorists based in Gayan and Bermal districts of Paktika crossed Pak-Afghan border, and launched fire raids and physical attacks on Pakistani military troops operating in North Waziristan district to fence the border. Pakistan military repulsed the attack by these terrorists who after suffering significant casualties fled back to Afghanistan in small groups. These terrorists were able to escape due to lack of appropriate response by the Afghan security forces.

The Afghan Cd’A was informed that Pakistan strongly protests such provocations which are detrimental to peace and stability along Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The Afghan side was urged to take immediate action against the terrorist elements on their side and ensure effective measures so that such incidents are not repeated in future.

1 May 2019

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