Afghan security forces initiated an “unprovoked and indiscriminate” attack on individuals crossing the Chaman border, resulting in the tragic loss of two Pakistani civilians, including a child, as per the announcement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The incident occurred around 4 p.m. at the Friend Ship Gate and injured a child on Wednesday. Despite the abrupt aggression, Pakistani forces chose restraint to avoid potential harm to innocent bystanders.
Over time, the Chaman border has seen intermittent closures due to such confrontations, with Pakistan consistently advocating for moderation. Following this incident, Islamabad has reached out to Kabul to discern the motive behind the attack, seeking the apprehension and extradition of those responsible. The ISPR emphasized the importance of discipline and control to prevent similar future incidents.
As Pakistan aims to foster positive bilateral relations, such incidents pose a challenge. The casualties have been moved to the DHQ Hospital Chaman, with the injured child receiving medical care.
This incident follows Pakistan’s recent directive for illegal Afghan residents to leave by November 1st or face deportation amid increasing concerns about attacks traced back to militants in Afghanistan. It is estimated that around 1.7 million Afghans currently reside in Pakistan without proper documentation.