Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, the Taliban's self-name of the country) to prevent a recurrence of border clashes. This came after a clash at the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing on December 11, which killed at least six Pakistani civilians and one IEA border guard, Ariana News reported.
According to Kabul, Pakistani forces opened fire. However, representatives of the Pakistani border guards assure that it was the Taliban who opened "unprovoked and indiscriminate fire from heavy weapons, including artillery / mortars, on the civilian population."
A crossing linking Pakistan's western province of Balochistan with Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar has been the scene of fighting in recent weeks.
Shehbaz Sharif condemned the incident, stressing that "the unprovoked shelling by the Afghan border troops in Chaman, which resulted in the martyrdom of several Pakistani citizens and the injury of more than a dozen people, is deplorable and deserves the strongest condemnation."
Reuters, citing Afghan security sources, said the clash began after Pakistani forces demanded Afghan forces stop building a new checkpoint on their side of the border. Kandahar police spokesman Hafiz Saber said one IEA border guard was killed and 10 others, including three civilians, were injured.
The busy Afghan checkpoint at Chaman, used for trade and transit, was closed for several hours. In November, this checkpoint was already closed for several days due to similar clashes.