Pakistan refutes Aghan claim on cross-border incursions

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Islamabad, June 24: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected as "baseless" the remarks by the Afghan foreign ministry that Pakistani troops have intruded into its territory and killed security personnel and civilians.

Kabul was demanding a response to the Pakistani firing that killed three soldiers and eight civilians in eastern Kunar province this week, the Afghan foreign ministry Monday said, Xinhua reported.

The ministry's spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni said that the "Pakistani forces, in civilian dress carried out the attack" in Dangam district two days ago.

Pakistan rejected Afghanistan's claim and said Pakistani forces have been attacked frequently from the Afghan side of the border.

"It is with deep disappointment that we have seen the allegations by senior Afghan officials regarding Pakistani troops in civilian dress conducting attacks in areas of Kunar province. We reject these baseless allegations," the Pakistani foreign ministry said.

IANS

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