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50 Afghan soldiers killed in a clash with pakistan military force

08 May, 2017

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QUETTA: Pakistan's military on Sunday said it had killed more than 50 Afghan soldiers in a clash on a major border crossing two days earlier, a claim quickly rejected by Kabul. The skirmish took place Friday at the Chaman border that divides Balochistan province and Afghanistan's Kandahar, as Pakistani officials were carrying out a census count.

At least eight civilians were killed, according to previously stated tolls by officials - seven on the Pakistani side, and one on the Afghan side.

Afghanistan had blamed Pakistani census enumerators accompanied by soldiers for straying across the border, a charge denied by Islamabad.

On Sunday, Pakistani forces said Afghan forces had suffered dramatic losses. "We are not pleased to tell you that five Afghan check posts were completely destroyed - more than 50 of their soldiers were killed and above 100 were wounded," Major General Nadim Ahmad, head of the paramilitary Frontier Corps told reporters.

"We are not happy for their losses but we were forced to retaliate," he said, adding two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the incident.

Gen Nadeem said that on May 5, Afghanistan pleaded for ceasefire, which Pakistan accepted.

Kabul quickly denied the claim.

"A very false claims by a Pakistani Frontier Corps that as many as 50 Afghan soldiers lost their lives in Pak retaliation; totally rejected," tweeted Sediq Sediqqi, a government spokesman.

Samim Khpalwak, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, instead said two troops were lost in the attack, in addition to the death of a civilian.

The border has remained closed since Friday, with senior Pakistan army general Amir Riaz telling reporters it would remain so 'until Afghanistan changes its behaviour'.

Lt General Aamir Riaz said that the Pakistan Army would respond to such 'foolish' offensives from the other side with its 'full might'. "Such attacks won't benefit Afghanistan in any way and its government should be ashamed of these imprudent actions," he said. "The Afghan government has adopted a negative approach towards Pakistan and that's why its forces are carrying out attacks inside our territory in a bid to challenge our sovereignty," he added.

The incident occurred in the Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir villages of Chaman, which straddle the border and have been a source of controversy between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kabul claims the villages are part of the war-torn country's Spin Boldak district, an assertion Pakistan flatly denies.

Both sides rushed reinforcements to the border and Pakistani authorities closed the Chaman crossing indefinitely once again. Pakistan had closed the border with Afghanistan for a month after a series of terrorist attacks across the country left around 100 people dead.

Meanwhile, Pakistani and Afghan military commanders on Sunday agreed to carry out a geological survey of the border area.

This was decided in the third flag meeting between the commanders of the two sides. Geological experts also attended the meeting, held at the Friendship Gate. It was the third consecutive meeting in three days. Earlier, two such meetings had ended without any decision. The meeting also deliberated a suggestion for usage of google maps.

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