Afghan radicals attempted a raid at Mohmand agency

By Staff Reporter
Friday – April 27, 2018
RAWALPINDI: Terrorists from across the border opened indiscriminate fire at a Pakistani border post in Mohmand agency on Thursday, Pakistani troops effectively responded, during the exchange of fire at least three terrorists were killed however a soldier Farmanullah, aged 21 years, embraced martyrdom; an inter services public relations (ISPR) statement said.

According to foreign office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal, on April 15th, our troops came under fire in Kurram agency from Afghan border forces and tribesmen. On hearing the news of border clashes, people of Kurram agency also rushed to the border to support our forces.

To tackle the situation, in addition to a flag meeting, a Jirga comprising the tribal elders from the two sides was also convened. It helped defuse tensions and settle the situation amicably. However, matters related to border coordination, fencing and movement of people and goods are being dealt through official channels between the two countries.

Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. The only viable way forward, in our view, is a politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

During the prime minister’s (PM) visit to Kabul on April 6th, PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had also agreed that there was no military solution to the ongoing conflict and that the political solution was the best way forward.

Both the leaders had called on Taliban to respond positively to the peace offer made by Afghan government and join the peace process without further delay.

During the past 17 years, the pursuit of a military option has only added to the sufferings and miseries of the Afghan people. We, therefore, urge all sides to focus on resolving the internal Afghan dispute through dialogue, Faisal concluded.