Attack on Mohmand agency by the Afghani militants killed 5 Pakistan army soldiers on Sunday.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated: “Last night terrorists from across the border attempted physical attack on three Pakistan border posts in Mohmand Agency.”
It was also reported that 10 militants were killed by the response threshed by the Pakistan army soldiers.
“Effective presence, vigilance and response repulsed terrorists’ attempt,”
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed that his faction was responsible for the attack. The fallen names include, Sepoy Anwar, Nk Sanaullah, Nk Safdar, Sepoy Nek Muhammad and Sepoy Altaf.
In this regard the chief of army staff, General Qamar Bajwa has commented that the reaction of the soldiers is worth applauding and that extra attention must be paid over the Afghan border. “Terrorists are common threat and must be denied freedom of movement/action along the border,” he further commented.
Gen Bajwa also expressed that the lives of these soldiers will not be forgotten and that the country is forever in debt to the Shauhdas families.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) March 3, 2017
Protest against Afghanistan
On Monday, two days after the attack on Mohmand agency, the Pakistani government disregarded the actions performed by the Afghani militants. According to reports, the protest to the Afghani government also included the plea for the soldier who was martyred at Khyber agency.
“In this regard, Afghan Deputy Head of Mission was called to the foreign office today for conveying Pakistan’s grave concern over the incident,” The foreign office reported.
It was also requested that the Afghani government must collaborate with the Pakistani’s in order to maintain healthy relations and to strengthen the border relations. Similarly, it was also highlighted that the Afghan government must look into the incident with full concern to ensure that no such incidents are repeated.
The relationship between the two states have been worrisome from quite a while. The grievances have started from Kabuls complaint regarding Pakistan as a provider of ‘safe havens’ to terrorists. On the other hand, Pakistan has also pointed out various terrorism actions that are performed from within Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have been involved in dialogues from many decades now. It is however, still true that Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan was recently telephoned by Gen Qamar Bajwa asking him to join hands for the fight against the terrorists.
Nevertheless, Ghani has refused the help stating that he is looking forward to having “serious talks” with the Pakistani government. The army chief has a result, yet to decide if he wants to visit Kabul.