Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the attack on the civilian population in Balochistan’s Chaman city by the Afghan border forces, demanding the Afghan government to not repeat such incidents.
According to the details, during Sunday’s attack, 6 Pakistani nationals were killed and 17 were wounded. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister called the incident unfortunate and it deserves the strongest condemnation.
“Unprovoked shelling & fire by Afghan Border Forces at Chaman resulting in the martyrdom of several Pakistani citizens & injuring more than a dozen is unfortunate & deserves the strongest condemnation. The Afghan Interim government should ensure that such incidents are not repeated,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said.
Unprovoked shelling & fire by Afghan Border Forces at Chaman resulting in martyrdom of several Pakistani citizens & injuring more than a dozen is unfortunate & deserves the strongest condemnation. The Afghan Interim government should ensure that such incidents are not repeated.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) December 12, 2022
The Chaman incident has stirred strong reactions from Pakistan, as the nation demands the strictest possible action against those responsible for the Chaman incident.
In a press release, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said such unfortunate incidents are “not in keeping” with the brotherly ties between the two countries.
“The Afghan authorities have been informed that the recurrence of such incidents must be avoided and the strictest possible action must be taken against those responsible,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said.
The spokesperson further added that it remains the responsibility of both sides to protect civilians along the border. The concerned authorities of both countries remain in contact to ensure that there is no further escalation of the situation and recurrence of such incidents is avoided.
Chaman attack by Afghan border forces
Using heavy weapons, the Afghan border forces opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire at the civilian area in Balochistan’s Chaman city resulting in the martyrdom of six people and injuries to 17 others, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The ISPR said that Pakistan’s troops at the border gave a befitting albeit measured response against the uncalled-for aggression, but avoided targeting innocent civilians in the area.
Pakistani border forces have also approached Afghan authorities in Kabul to highlight the severity of the situation and demanded strict action to avoid any such recurrence of the incident in the future.