Pakistan lodges strong protest over shahadat of Major Ali Jawad Khan

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 15 (APP): Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad
Chaudhary Wednesday called in Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar
Zakhilwal and lodged Pakistan’s strong protest over the shahadat of Major Ali Jawad Khan.

Major Ali Jawad Khan, an officer of Pakistan Army was injured
on June 13 due to unprovoked firing by the Afghan security forces at
Torkham border crossing.

The Afghan Government was urged to take immediate steps to
bring the unprovoked firing to an end, said a press release of the
Foreign Office.

The Foreign Secretary stressed that the Pakistani side was
undertaking construction works on its side to regulate the movements
of people as well as vehicles with the prior agreement of the Afghan
Government.

He expressed concern over the continued firing by the Afghan
forces in the last few days with a view to disrupt the construction works aimed at strengthening effective border management.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary rejected Afghan allegations that the
construction works being undertaken by Pakistan were violation of the agreements and understandings reached between the two countries.

It was reiterated that these works were being undertaken on
Pakistani side and started after the two sides had agreed on them
during the meetings held last month.

Underscoring the importance of border management for
strengthening mutual security and checking infiltration of terrorists and militants, the Foreign Secretary emphasized the need for resolving the issue through constructive engagement.