Taliban says Pakistani troopers tried to erect a navy construction on the Afghan-Pakistani border, inflicting Tuesday’s lethal skirmish.
The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan has blamed the Pakistan military’s try and construct a safety put up at their border as the rationale behind Tuesday’s cross-border skirmish, inflicting a number of deaths on either side, together with at the very least three Pakistani troopers.
“Pakistan forces tried to erect a navy put up close to the road,” Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi stated in an announcement on Wednesday.
The trade of fireside between the 2 sides occurred in Paktia province on the Afghan aspect and Pakistan’s Kurram area.
Karimi stated some Afghan authorities went to speak to the Pakistani officers allegedly constructing the border put up, however they had been fired upon.
“Either side exchanged fires, which can have resulted within the lack of lives,” he stated within the assertion, with out revealing the main points of Afghan casualties.
The assertion added that the Afghan authorities is investigating the matter and that the management of each nations had been in contact to make sure no repeat of such an incident takes place.
The Taliban’s response got here a day after the Pakistani navy claimed the “terrorists from inside Afghanistan” opened fireplace on Pakistani troops stationed in Kurram, leading to “heavy casualties” for the insurgent fighters.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the usage of Afghan soil by terrorists for actions in opposition to Pakistan and expects that Afghan authorities is not going to permit conduct of such actions in future,” the assertion stated.
Persevering with tensions
The incident got here amid simmering tensions between the South Asian neighbours because the Taliban seized energy in Kabul a 12 months in the past.
On Wednesday, the Taliban rejected experiences claiming Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar had sought refuge in Afghanistan.
JeM goals to overthrow India’s management over Indian-administered Kashmir and was designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations in 2001. Azhar was added to the listing in 2019.
Pakistani media experiences quoting overseas ministry sources on Tuesday stated Islamabad had written to Kabul, asking to find and arrest Azhar.
Whereas the Pakistani authorities didn’t reply to the experiences, the Taliban issued an announcement, rejecting Azhar’s presence in Afghanistan.
“We reiterate that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan doesn’t permit any armed oppositions in its territory to function in opposition to every other nation,” the assertion stated.
“We additionally name on all events to chorus from such allegations missing any proof and documentations. Such media allegations can adversely have an effect on bilateral relations.”
Pakistan’s overseas ministry didn’t reply to Al Jazeera’s request for a touch upon the matter.