A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along Afghan border at Kitton Orchard Post in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal agency on Oct 18, 2017. (AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan summoned Afghan Charge d'affaires to the Foreign Ministry and lodged a formal protest over the "use of Afghan soil" by terrorists for a recent attack that killed two security personnel, officials said Tuesday.
Pakistan's military says that a captain and a soldier were killed in terrorists' firing from the Afghan side of the border in Bajaur tribal region on Monday.
Pakistan's military says that a captain and a soldier were killed in terrorists' firing from the Afghan side of the border in Bajaur tribal region on Monday
Pakistani Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack on Pakistani posts in Bajaur tribal region, bordering Afghanistan.
Pakistani security officials say the Pakistani Taliban militants, who have fled to Afghanistan as the result of military operations, operate from the Afghan border regions and routinely carry out attacks on Pakistani border posts.
"Pakistan has strongly condemned the cross border terrorist attack at Pakistani check posts in Bajaur Agency on Nov 13, 2017 that resulted in the shahadat (martyrdom) of two Pakistani military personnel - Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham. In this regard, Afghan CDA was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a strong protest was lodged with the Afghan government over this incident," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement said Pakistan has been witnessing a surge in terrorist attacks on its security forces deployed along the Pak-Afghan border who are engaged in strengthening border management.
"These cross border terrorist attacks on Pakistani forces confirm the presence of a large number of terrorists in the increasingly ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan," the statement said.
It further said the forces supporting these acts of terrorism against Pakistan who have been allowed to use the Afghan soil are a serious threat to peace and stability in Afghanistan, and the region.
The Foreign Ministry called upon the government of Afghanistan to take immediate action against the terrorists and terrorist groups finding sanctuaries in Afghanistan to target Pakistani security forces, adding that strengthening the border management is critical to prevent such cross border attacks.