Afghan foreign ministry summons Pakistan envoy, lodges protest

Kabul, July 2 (IANS) The Afghan foreign ministry summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Sayed Ibrar Hussain on Thursday and protested over what it described as indiscriminate firing by Pakistani forces on Afghan Border Police on Tuesday night which left an Afghan border security personnel dead.

“The deputy to foreign ministry, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, while conveying Afghanistan’s concerns and protest to the Pakistani ambassador, pointed out that firing by Pakistani forces on the Afghan side is against international laws and diplomatic norms, warning repetition of such acts would damage the bilateral efforts for improving mutual relations and co-existence between the two neighbouring states,” a statement of the ministry for foreign affairs here said.

The Afghan official also called upon the Pakistani government to take immediate step for halting such provocative actions, Xinhua news agency reported.

An Afghan border police personnel named Najibullah, according to media reports, was killed in firing from across the border in Barmal district of Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province two nights ago.

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