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Torkham border firing: Major Ali Jawad succumbs to injuries


TORKHAM:(APS) JUNE 14,2016– Major Ali Jawad has lost his life while under treatment a day after he was injured in unprovoked Afghanistan firing at Torkham border,APS  reported Tuesday.

Major Jawad was injured yesterday while inspecting artillery. Total number of persons injured since Monday is 14 that includes two security personnel.

Military stated that Major Ali Jawad’s body would be returned to his family in the southwestern city of Quetta later today with army protocol.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid a tribute to the late officer, saying he sacrificed his life in defense of his country. Funeral prayer of the martyred officer was offered in Peshawar which was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif among scores of others.

The Army Chief also served as the pallbearer of the coffin.

Unprovoked firing by Afghanistan forces is intermittently continuing on the second day while Pakistan’s ambassador was called to lodge protest a day after Foreign Office summoned Afghan diplomat. Curfew imposed in Landi Kotal has been lifted but the imposition maintains in other surrounding areas.

The neighbouring country resorted to coercive methods during construction of a gate at Torkham border which is aimed at keeping a check on cross-border movement in light of different terror attacks across the country by terrorists that entered Pakistan through the route.

Long queues of vehicles are there at both the sides of the border as the route is shut until tensions subside.

Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan, Abrar Hussain was summoned to Foreign Ministry and strong protest was lodged.

Deputy Foreign Minister observed that construction of the gate was in violation of the accord between the two neighbours adding that the Afghanistan government hopes Pakistan would address the issue on diplomatic level.

Earlier, Afghan Charge d’affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lodge protest against the unprovoked shelling that has damaged different houses.

Ashraf Ghani-led government was asked to investigate the matter and was warned to avoid indulging in such issues in future. Afghan Charge d’affaires was informed that the measures at the Torkam border were being taken in order to tackle terrorism effectively.

As a result of increase in tensions at the border, curfew was imposed in Torkham and Landi Kotal whereas a number of villages were evacuated and emergency was declared in hospitals.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations, the gate at the Torkham border was being constructed at least 37 metres within the country’s territory.

ISPR Director General Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa stated that the gate was required to check documentation and interrogate the ones crossing the border, if necessary.

In the recent past, evidence collected at different targeted sites in Peshawar and other cities suggested terrorists’ movement into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had stated after Charsadda’s Bacha Khan University was attacked in January that attackers belonged to Afghanistan. He urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to raise the issue with Afghanistan government.

The attack on the university had claimed over 20 lives including a PhD professor.

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