Ulema team to visit Kabul for talks over cross border hostility

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A four-member delegation of Pakistani Ulema will visit Afghanistan for reconciliation dialogue to halt the cross-border hostility in Chaman after two attacks by Afghan forces within five days, killing one civilian and injuring 15 others, the district administration said Sunday.

The Afghan border forces opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire for the second time in five days, in Balochistan’s Chaman city.

According to Levies officials, Afghan forces fired multiple artillery rounds upon the civilian population around the Boghra Road and Custom House areas, to which the Pakistani authorities responded befittingly.

The delegation will hold meetings with Afghan ministry of defence officials, and key Taliban leaders in Kandahar and Kabul, the Chaman district administration said.They added that the Pak-Afghan border security forces’ flag meeting was postponed upon the departure of the Ulema delegation.

However, routine operations in the civilian areas were restored on both sides of the Chaman border.

At least nine civilians were killed and over 45 civilians were injured in the firing of artillery shells by Afghan forces from December 11 to 15, told the media superintendent Chaman.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday summoned the Afghan Chargé D’affaires Sardar Ahmed Shakeeb and expressed its ”strong condemnation” of the recent incidents of ”unprovoked cross-border” shelling by the Afghan border security forces in the Chaman-Spin Boldak area, resulting in loss of life, injuries and damage to property.