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PM Condemns ‘Unprovoked’ Afghan Taliban Firing Across Chaman Border

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday strongly condemned the “unprovoked” rocket firing across the Chaman border by the Afghan Border Forces that killed six Pakistanis. 

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Shehbaz said that the “unprovoked shelling and fire” deserves “the strongest condemnation”, noting that the “unfortunate” incident resulted in the killing of several Pakistanis and left more than a dozen injured.

The premier urged the Afghan interim government to “ensure that such incidents are not repeated”.

A day earlier, Afghan forces fired rockets into the Pakistani territory across the Chaman border, killing six civilians and injuring over two dozen as the missiles landed in Killi Sheikh Lal Muhammad.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that the Pakistani forces gave a measured response to the aggression to avoid any civilian casualties.

The military’s media wing further said that Pakistan had approached the Afghan authorities in Kabul to highlight the severity of the situation and demanded strict action to prevent any such recurrence of the incident in future.

Residents of Killi Sheikh Lal Muhammad said that the rocket firing started suddenly and that rockets landed close to their homes.

Initially, the casualties and injured people were taken to the Chaman Civil Hospital, where an emergency was declared.

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