Pakistan Taking up Cross-Border Skirmishes With Afghanistan: FO

Cross-Border Skirmishes With Afghanistan

Increase in Attacks From Afghanistan

The Foreign Office reported on Thursday that Pakistan was having talks to resolve the problems as the number of strikes over the border from Afghanistan targeting security forces has increased. 

FO Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch acknowledged the problems at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in her remarks to the weekly news conference. 

Kharlachi Border Crossing Point

According to Ms. Baloch, “the two sides hold frequent border flag meetings and are in communication at many levels, including Kharlachi Border Crossing Point.” 

She claimed that on Monday, following Border Flag Meetings between the two sides, the Chaman border was reopened. 

Trade Consignments

The clearing of pedestrian, traffic, and trade consignments was the main goal of these sessions, she continued. 

On November 13, a gunman on the Afghan side of the border opened fire on Pakistani security personnel, killing one soldier and forcing the closure of the “Friendship Gate” at the border. 

Tribal Affairs Ministries

According to Ms. Baloch, Afghanistan expressed “deep remorse” for the event and established a high-level committee made up of representatives from the foreign, border, and tribal affairs ministries, local chambers of commerce, and tribal elders to look into it. 

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Through our embassy in Afghanistan and the embassy of Afghanistan in Islamabad, we continue to communicate with the Afghan side. 

PM’s Trip to Turkey 

The spokeswoman replied when asked about Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s impending trip to Turkiye that it was “going place as planned.” 

On Friday, at the president’s invitation, the prime minister will travel to the nation for a two-day visit. 

In her words, “Pakistan and Turkiye enjoy fraternal ties strongly rooted in shared religious, cultural, and historical heritage and supported by outstanding cordiality and mutual trust.” 

MILGEM Corvette Ship of Pakistan Navy

She informed the reporters that PNS Khaibar, a MILGEM Corvette Ship of the Pakistan Navy, would be formally launched by the two presidents at the Istanbul Shipyard. 

ASFAT Inc., a Turkish state-owned defence contractor company, and the Pakistan Navy signed a contract in 2018 to provide the Pakistan Navy with four Milgem class corvettes and concurrent technology transfer. 

Joint Venture Between the Two Nations

She stated that the MILGEM project, a joint venture between the two nations, marks a “major milestone” in the strategic alliance between Pakistan and Turkey. 

She noted that the two presidents would also have extensive discussions about the state of the area and other matters. 

The Turkish business community will also be engaged by the prime minister.

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