Pakistani army fire in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday left nearly 50 people dead, according to new reports published by Afghan officials on Sunday, with Pakistan claiming Kabul.severe measuresagainst the militants who attack his territory.
Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last year, border tensions between the two countries have increased, with Pakistan claiming that armed groups, such as the Taliban Movement Pakistan (TTP), have been carrying out attacks since Afghan territory, across a porous border.
“41 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed and 22 wounded in air strikes carried out by Pakistani forces near the Durand Line in Khost province.The director of media and culture in Khost Shabir Ahmad Osmani told AFP.
Two other officials confirmed this toll to Khost. On Saturday, another Afghan official announced that six people had been killed in Kunar province. “Pakistani helicopters bombed four villages near the Durand Line in Khost province. Only civilian homes were targeted, and there were casualtiesAn Afghan official said Saturday, on condition of anonymity, without further details.
Tolo News, Afghanistan’s main private channel, broadcast footage of homes destroyed in the attack. “All the targets were innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the Taliban or the governmentRasoul Jan, a resident of Khost, told the channel. “We don’t know who our enemy is and why we were targeted“, he added.
Hundreds of civilians demonstrated in Khost, Saturday, chanting anti-Pakistan slogans, according to photos obtained by AFP. According to Najibullah, an official at the Afghan Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the death toll from these attacks has reached 48 in Khost province.
“24 people of the same family were killedHe told AFP. Jamshid, the tribal leader of Khost province, also estimated that the death toll had exceeded 40.”Yesterday I went there with other people to donate blood for the wounded in Khost strikes“, He said.
The Pakistani army did not confirm the implementation of these attacks. On Sunday, Pakistan only invited the Taliban government in Kabul to make the decisionsevere measuresAgainst militants who launch attacks on the country from inside Afghanistan.
“Pakistan, once again, strongly condemns the terrorists who operate with impunity from Afghan soil to carry out activities in PakistanThe State Department said in a statement on Sunday. Islamabad asked the Afghan governmentSecuring the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area and taking strict action against individuals involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan“.
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed Thursday in North Waziristan byTerrorists operating from AfghanistanMinistry said. The Afghan Taliban deny harboring Pakistani militants, and denounce the fence Islamabad is erecting to secure this more than 2,000 kilometer long border, known as the Durand Line, a name inherited from the colonial era.
Afghanistan warned Pakistan on Saturday. “We implement all measures to prevent a recurrence (such attacks) and demand respect for our sovereignty. The Pakistani side should know that if war breaks out, it will not be in the interest of either side.And warned government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. “It is cruel and paves the way for hostility between Afghanistan and Pakistan‘ lamented the spokesperson.
The Afghan Taliban and the Pakistan Taliban are separate groups in the two countries, but they share a common ideology and depend on people living on opposite sides of the border. Thousands of people usually cross the border every day, including merchants, Afghans seeking treatment in Pakistan, and people visiting relatives.