January 21, 2018

Pakistan paying price for security vacuum on Afghan side: Pak military

By Khaama Press - Tue Nov 14 2017, 3:18 pm

The Pakistani military says the country is paying price for the security vacuum on the Afghan side as he urged Afghanistan and NATO to do more to ensure the security along the line.

In reaction to the killing of two Pakistani troops in Bajaur Agency, a spokesman for the military of Pakistan Gen. Asif Ghafoor said “This is the price Pakistan is paying for security vacuum on Afghan side of the border.”

“More efforts are required on Afghanistan side by all stakeholders. Lives of forces and citizens (are) equally precious on both sides of border,” Gen. Ghafoor was quoted as saying by the local media outlets.

He also claimed that “It now requires elimination of terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan and effective Afghan border security.”

The Pakistani military said late on Monday that two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in the attack carried out by the militants from the other side of the line from Afghanistan.

According to ISPR, a group of militants from across the border (Kunar province, Afghanistan) attacked a checkpost in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency with heavy weapons.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility behind the attack.

In a statement released to media, the group claimed that the attack was carried out as the Pakistani troops were busy erecting fences along the line.

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