ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan summoned on Thursday Pakistan’s ambassador over a border clash prompted by construction of a gate by Pakistan at the transit point.
Ambassador Abrar Hussain was summoned over a clash on Tuesday in which an Afghan guard was killed after Pakistani troops retaliated to Afghan firing at the under-construction gate in Angoor Adda bordering Afghanistan. Two Pakistani troops were injured in the clash.
Afghanistan claims that the construction activity was in violation of the mutual understandings and its forces were authorised to take action for preventing such activity.
Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai told Ambassador Hussain that the violation by Pakistan was against international and diplomatic norms. He warned that continued work on the gate could seriously harm ties.
Pakistan Military Spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa insisted that construction was being undertaken on the Pakistani side and hence did not constitute a violation.
Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2015