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Protest lodged

ISLAMABAD: The deputy head of Afghan mission was summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday and a strong protest was lodged against intrusion of militants from Afghanistan into Pakistani territory.

The Foreign Office said that on Sunday about 100 militants from across the border had entered Dir and attacked a patrol of Pakistani security forces. The ensuing clash left 11 militants and several security personnel dead.

The Afghan diplomat was informed that “the government of Afghanistan should take appropriate measures to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in future,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

Talking to Dawn, ISPR Director General Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa confirmed that several soldiers were missing and Pakistan had lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan.

Foreign Office spokesman, Moazzam Khan said the Afghan diplomat had said that such an incident would not recur. He said the army had also protested, using its own channels.

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