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Khawaja Asif says Afghanistan apologised over firing in Chaman

Khawaja Asif says Afghanistan apologised over firing in Chaman

Khawaja Asif says Afghanistan apologised over firing in Chaman

Khawaja Asif says Afghanistan apologised over firing in Chaman

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  • Khawaja Asif said Afghanistan welcomed visit of Hina Rabbani Khar.
  • The Afghan side accepted their mistake, he said.
  • They assured that such an incident would not occur again, he added.
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ISLAMABAD: Defense Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday said Afghanistan had apologized over its security forces’ unprovoked firing in Chaman which resulted in the martyrdom of seven civilians.

Speaking during the National Assembly session in Islamabad, he said during a border security committee meeting, the Afghan side accepted their mistake and assured that such an incident would not occur again.

The defense minister said Pakistan was a well-wisher of Afghanistan and desired resolution of their internal matters. He said Pakistan would continue to extend cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan saying it would open vistas of economic and trade cooperation in the region.

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Khawaja Asif said the Afghan side welcomed the recent visit of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar to Kabul for talks. .

In her remarks on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said it is a matter of pride for Pakistan that a woman Minister of State for Foreign Affairs represented Pakistan during talks in Kabul.

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She said history is testimony to the fact that our women have always played an important role in the independence and development of Pakistan.

On December 11, at least six civilians were killed and 17 others were injured during a cross-border attack in the town of Chaman, Balochistan along the Pak-Afghan border.

Pakistan Army had confirmed the attack and said Afghan Border Forces opened “unprovoked and indiscriminate” fire of heavy weapons including artillery and mortars on the civilian population in Chaman.

Pakistani border troops gave a befitting albeit measured response against the uncalled for aggression, but avoided targeting innocent civilians in the area, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

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