Afghan forces opened unprovoked fire on civilians at Friendship Gate Chaman: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Afghan forces opened unprovoked fire on innocent civilians gathered towards Pakistan's side of the international border at the Friendship Gate Chaman.

In a statement on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that Pakistan troops deployed on the posts were also simultaneously engaged by Afghan posts.

She said Pakistan troops responded to protect our local population and acted only in self-defence. It is reiterated that Pakistan Force did not open fire first and responded in self-defence only.

She said, to de-escalate the situation, the Pakistan side immediately activated both military and diplomatic channels and it was after hectic efforts that the firing was stopped from Afghan side.

The Spokesperson said that it must be noted that the borders with Afghanistan are opened for pedestrian movement and trade, upon the request of the Afghan authorities.

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