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Pak-Afghan border being watched closely: US

By our correspondents
June 16, 2016

Says there should be no violence; calls for peaceful resolution of tension

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday said it was watching the situation at the Pakistan and Afghanistan border closely as it did not want any kind of violence there.

The US called on Pakistan and Afghanistan to peacefully resolve their tensions after a Pakistani military officer was killed in firing by Afghan forces during a clash on the Torkham border.

“We are all watching the tension very closely,” US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said at a regular briefing and added that the United States was in touch with officials on both sides. “We continue to urge a calm resolution to the tension.”

Pakistan lodged a strong protest with the Afghan government over unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces that also injured a Pakistani solider and nine civilians.The firing was aimed at disrupting the construction of a gate well inside Pakistani territory at the border to facilitate cross-border movement of people and vehicles.

The spokesman said the United States did not want to see violence and any further escalation in tension.He said Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Olson, who was in the region at the time of the incident, shared these sentiments.

In Islamabad, Ambassador Olson met government officials, including the adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs and the chief of the army staff, and discussed a range of bilateral regional issues, the spokesman added.

The Afghan Charge ’d Affairs was called to the foreign office was called to the foreign office in Islamabad to convoy the protest. The Pakistan government told the Afghan side that the regulation of movements at Torkham was part of government’s policy to strengthen border management.

 

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