Afghan militants kill Pakistani soldier

August 23, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: A paramilitary soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with militants who entered Pakistani territory from Afghanistan yesterday, the military said.

The incident happened in Muslam Bagh sector in southwestern Baluchistan province near the Afghan border.

“About 70 to 80 terrorists intruded from (the) Afghanistan side into Pakistani territory,” the military said in a statement. 

It added Pakistani troops stopped the intruders but during the exchange of fire a paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) soldier was killed.

Taliban militants from Afghanistan routinely intrude into Pakistani territory near the border in the northwest and attack military check posts and their opponents, souring diplomatic ties between Islamabad and Kabul.

Insurgents from Afghanistan stormed the house of a local anti-Taliban militia member earlier this month in northwestern Upper Dir district, killing him and three members of his family.

Islamabad has blamed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah for the attacks. Fazlullah is believed to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan's Nuristan province.

The Afghanistan–Pakistan skirmishes are cross-border shellings that have occurred since 1949 along the Durand Line border between the Pakistan military forces, paramilitary forces and the Afghan National Security Forces. 

The latest hostility began in mid-2003 around Khost Province in Afghanistan and continued until 2013 after a dozen missiles were reportedly fired from Pakistan that killed an Afghan woman and wounded several others in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan.

The cross-border shellings intensified in 2011 and 2012 with many reports from different occasions claiming that Pakistani missiles have hit civilian areas inside Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province, Kunar Province and Nangarhar Province.