Monday, May 8, 2017

Pakistan And Afghanistan Dispute Casualty Toll After Border Clashes

The Diplomat: After Border Skirmish, Afghanistan and Pakistan Cite Vastly Divergent Casualty Counts

Pakistan claims to have killed 50 Afghan security personnel — a claim strongly denied by Afghanistan.

Tensions along Afghanistan’s disputed border with Pakistan may have reached a new high over the weekend. On Sunday, the Pakistani Army claimed to have retaliated against an attack by Afghan security, killing up to 50 Afghan personnel and injuring another 100.

The Pakistani claims, made by the Inspector General (IG) of the Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC), Major General Nadeem Anjum, were immediately denied by Afghanistan. Sediq Sediqqi, the director of media for the Afghan presidential palace, said the claims were “very false” in a tweet, saying that Afghanistan completely rejected the Pakistani claims.

“We are not pleased to tell you that five Afghan check posts were completely destroyed — more than 50 of their soldiers were killed and above 100 were wounded,” Major General Nadim Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps, told the press.

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More News On Afghanistan - Pakistan Border Tensions

Pakistan and Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes -- Al Jazeera
Pakistan claims it killed 50 Afghan border troops -- Washington Post
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dispute Death Toll In Border Clash -- RFE
Afghanistan Rejects Pakistan Claim of Killing 50 Afghan Forces -- Bloomberg
Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash: Afghanistan rejects Pakistan’s claims of killing 50 soldiers -- Indian Express/PTI
Worst border clashes in years: Are Afghanistan and Pakistan at war? -- Shamil Shams, DW

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