Afghan border forces have been instructed to military response to Pakistani incursions along the country’s border, the Interior Ministry said Saturday, in the wake of reports on recent clashes between the two sides that killed and injured dozens.
The clashes begun along Chaman border in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Friday morning when Pakistani militia forces were guarding a census team and building wire fence along the border.
At least four Afghan border police were killed and dozens injured including civilians in the incident.
The Afghan officials claimed the gun-battle initiated by Pakistani militia forces, Pakistan denies it.
The support unit of Afghan security forces have reached to the scene, said the Interior Ministry Spokesman, Najib Danish.
“Afghan border forces have been instructed to response to Pakistan’s border encroachments,” Danish added.
Meanwhile, Kabul seeks to solve the issue through diplomatic channels with Islamabad and a delegation from both sides have been tasked to assess the situation.
“I emphasize that such encroachments from Pakistan will have unpleasant consequences,” said, the Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni.
This comes as the two countries have agreed on seize fire, following the mediation of Afghan and Pakistani officials.