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Pakistan protests Afghanistan over cross-border attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Afghan charge d’ affair on Wednesday and registered protest over a clash during which Pakistani security forces foiled a militant attack on a checkpost on the Pak-Afghan border.

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Pakistan’s Foreign Office in Islamabad summoned the Afghan charge d’ affaires and lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over the cross-border attack.

Pakistan would be taking up the matter with the Afghan government at a higher level in the broader context of enhancing security along the Pak-Afghan border, a Foreign Office statement said.

Between 70-80 suspected militants were involved in the cross-border attack on Pakistan military post in Upper Dir on Tuesday night, according to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement added that seven attackers were killed and nine injured as the assault was successfully repulsed by Pakistan’s military.

Pakistan once again urged Afghanistan to take effective steps to stop the use of its territory for repeated cross-border fire and attacks by terrorists.

The Foreign Office statement said the country emphasised on the extension of all possible cooperation from the Afghan side and measures taken by Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries on its territory, at a time when Pakistan was undertaking a monumental effort against terrorists and their hideouts through the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

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