Kabul has repeatedly protested against cross-border shelling by Pakistani forces on Afghan soil

Cross-border shelling by Pakistani forces kills three Afghan women

Cross-border shelling by the Pakistani armed forces killed three Afghan women in Kunar, a bordering town adjacent to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.  

Abdul Sattar Mirzakawal, the governor of Kunar, condemned cross-border shelling by Pakistani armed forces on Afghan soil, calling it violation of international law and against norms of a friendly neighborliness.

Locals also confirmed that three Afghan women were killed as a result of cross-border shelling by the Pakistani force in Nari district of Kunar province.       

Abdul Ghani Mosamem, spokesman of Kunar governor, said that yesterday, 27 October, the Pakistani troops raided on Afghan soil aiming to establish military facilities but faced tough resistance by locals and Afghan security forces.

Mr. Mosamem said that around 1:00 pm in the afternoon, clashes erupted between two sides and continued for two hours. He said during the clash the Pakistani forces targeted residential areas in Nari district and as a result of their attack three women were killed and four others were wounded.  An injured woman along with a child were taken to Asadabad Hospital in Kunar.

The two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have border disputes since creation of Pakistan. Though Pakistan recognizes the current demarcation—the Durand Line—as international border which separates the two nations, successive governments in Kabul have not made a clear stance on this issue.          

As recent as 21 October, the Pakistani armed force in association with the Taliban insurgents launched attack on a security post in Kandahar’s border town of Spin Boldak which was defended by the Afghan forces. 10 Pakistani forces including the Taliban fighters were killed in the clash.    

Kabul has repeatedly protested against cross-border shelling by Pakistani armed forces.

In August 2019, the Afghan government filed a complaint letter against cross-border shelling by Pakistani forces on Afghan soil in the United Nations Security Council. Adela Raz, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan in UN, called on the UN Security Council to press Pakistan to stop cross-border shelling on Afghan soil.