Afghanistan, Pakistan engage in border skirmishes; India's position gets a boost?

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Islamabad/Kabul: In less than a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inauguarated the freindship dam in Kabul, the relation between Afghanistan and its neighbour Pakistan stepped up their military presence in and around the border town of Torkham at the end of the Khyber Pass.

The mobilisation took place following repeated clashes that saw death of two persons, including a Pakistani major and Afghan shoulder, besides injury to 22, including 10 civilians, at the main crossing point between the two nations, said the Reuters.

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As per reports, both sides have moved unknown number of military equipment to Torkham, which is located along the Durand Line and the busiest border point connecting the Afghan province of Nangarhar with Pakistan's Khyber Agency.

Fierce gunfight started late on Sunday between Pakistani and Afghan forces after Pakistan tried to build a gate on the border to verify the identities of those who cross borders.

The fighting resumed on Monday when the Pakistani forces tried to resume work on building the gate. The office of the Pakistani prime miniser said Islamabad was deeply concerned over the security of its soldiers near the border following "unprovoked attacks".

The Afghan government said on the other hand that it has the right to protect its own sovereignty and integrity. It blamed Islamabad for starting the fight and hoped that it would be settled through diplomatic means. Both countries also called each other's ambassadors.

Unverified reports also said that Pakistani troops entered Afghan territory to take over key border posts in the Nimroz province in retaliation to the death of its major.

Though the regional tension is not desirable but for India, this could be a diplomatic boost since it will bring Kabul and New Delhi closer since it is held in the world of realpolitik that enemy's enemy is my friend.

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