Clash at Durand Line Left Two Pakistani, Three Afghan Soldiers Dead
One Pakistani soldier and three Afghan soldiers were killed in a bloody clash that took place between Pakistani security forces and the Afghan National Army at Angoor Adda, in South Waziristan Agency near Pak-Afghan border. Political Agent Atif ur Rehman blamed Afghan National Army for this aggression which sparked a fierce clash. While briefing the mediapersons he said that Pakistan’s paramilitary forces post in Angoor Adda came under attack from across the Durand Line that injured two soldiers. According to some local people, NATO and Afghan Army vehicles came close to the Pak Afghan border in the morning at 11 am. They targeted a post of Pakistan security forces with a shell that left two Pakistani soldiers dead. There was a disagreement about the casualties, because political authorities reported injury of two soldiers whereas local sources confirmed the death of two Pakistani soldiers. Moreover, Pakistani security forces retaliated with same momentum that left three Afghan soldiers dead.
Main market Angoor Adda is observing a shutter down due to the skirmishes taking place between the Afghan national army and Pakistani security forces in the area. For safety measures local people are moving to safe places to save their lives.
Another report from North Waziristan confirms that ten mortar rounds fired from Afghan territory landed near a Pakistani post in Data Khel area of North Waziristan Agency on 26th April. No loss of life was reported in the aforementioned attack. Local people said that after the mortar attack Pakistani jets flew in the area for some time. These kinds of activities are becoming a routine matter.
This is an extremely dangerous trend in the ongoing war on terror. Instead of reinforcing one another against Taliban, Pakistan and Afghanistan are targeting one another’s installments. This situation will be exploited by Taliban forces in their favor. This unprovoked aggression is a solid reason of anxiety for the already war weary people of the area. These developments could further deteriorate security situation in South Waziristan in future. Afghan National Army and Pakistan Security forces should establish a mechanism to avoid such un-wanting situations from occurring.