At least one person was killed and 12 others injured in cross-border shelling in Pakistan’s Chaman, bordering Afghanistan. On Thursday, the Deputy Commissioner of Chaman confirmed this information, reported the news media Dawn.

Chaman Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hamid Zehri confirmed the number of casualties to

Earlier Balochistan Health Department Media Coordinator Dr. Wasim Baig said, the injured have been shifted to Chaman District Headquarters Hospital.

The official also said that in the light of the current situation, an emergency has been declared in Chaman’s hospitals.

A senior government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Dawn that the firing came from inside Afghanistan.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langov condemned the incident in a statement and sought a report from the Deputy Commissioner.

He said that the army knows how to protect the borders of the country. We believe in following friendly policy with neighboring countries. Don’t think of our desire for peace as weakness.’

The incident came four days after at least seven people were killed and 16 injured in Chaman after heavy gunfire and shelling by Afghan border forces, the Pakistan Army’s media wing said.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) described the incident as an ‘unwanted-aggression’ and said Pakistani troops gave an ‘appropriate’ but ‘measured response’ while avoiding targeting civilians.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif later said Afghanistan’s interim government had apologized to Pakistan for the incident, saying “the matter has now been resolved”.

Last month, the Pak-Afghan border at Chaman was closed indefinitely after a gunman from the Afghan side opened fire on Pakistani security personnel at the Friendship Gate, killing one soldier and injuring two others.

Pakistani and Afghan forces exchanged fire for more than an hour after the incident, official sources said. Five Afghan personnel were reported killed and 14 injured in the gun battle.

Trade between the two countries, including Afghan transit trade, was suspended as the border was closed immediately after the incident. On 22 November, Pakistan reopened its border with Afghanistan at Chamon after a week. The decision to reopen the border was made in a meeting between Pakistan border authorities and Taliban officials.

(Dhaka Times / 15 December / SAT)