PESHAWAR: A Pakistani soldier sustained injuries in a cross-border attack by militants based in Afghanistan in Bajaur tribal district on Saturday.

The militants from across the border opened fire on a Pakistani check post in Bajaur, leaving one soldier injured, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

According to the statement, Pakistani troops promptly responded to the attack. The ISPR said that Pakistan has consistently been requesting Afghanistan to ensure effective border management.

It added, “Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan.”

The cross-border attack in Bajaur happened three days after four Pakistani soldiers were martyred and six others were injured along the Pak-Afghan border in an ambush by militants from Afghanistan.

The ISPR said the soldiers were busy in fencing the border in Zhob area of Balochistan when they came under attack.

Pakistan is constructing a fence along its 2,500km long border with Afghanistan to secure the area from cross-border infiltration. Afghanistan is against the fencing and says it would divide families and friends along the Pashtun tribal belt. However, Pakistan says fencing is necessary to stop the use of Afghan soil against Pakistan.

Pakistan is facing aggression from across the Afghan border recently and several deaths and injuries have happened in such incidents recently.

On February 12, a child died and seven others were injured when rockets fired from Afghan side landed in civilian areas of Bajaur.

Local sources said the rockets landed in Mokha, Ghundai and Galai areas situated near the Pak-Afghan border. The Pakistan Army fired on the positions from where the rocket fire was coming.

On January 18, rocket fired from Afghanistan landed in civilian areas of Bajaur. However, no life loss was reported in the rocket attacks. TNN correspondent reported that the rockets fired from Afghanistan landed in Mulla Killi and Laghrai Bazaar areas near the Pak-Afghan border.

On October 14, 2020, a soldier of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom, while another was injured in a cross-border attack in Bajaur.

The ISPR said that terrorists based in Afghanistan opened fire on the Pakistan Army post along Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur. The martyred soldier was identified as Havaldar Tanveer. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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