Pakistan repatriates five more Afghan soldiers: ISPR
RAWALPINDI – Pakistan Army on Wednesday handed over five more Afghan soldiers to Afghanistan authorities after due procedure, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement.
These Afghan soldiers were given safe passage into Pakistan, at their own request, by Pakistan Army in Arundu sector of Pak-Afghan international border, Chitral, on 26th of this month.
After necessary clearance, the Afghan soldiers crossed into Pakistan.
Earlier this week, Pakistan amicably repatriated forty-six Afghan soldiers, including five officers to authorities in Nawapass Bajaur - a day after they had crossed the border, fleeing advances by insurgents.
These 46 Afghan soldiers crossed over and took refuge in Pakistan's northwestern KPK province after losing control of a border post to the Taliban along the international border.
A statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations statement (ISPR) said “These soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Border Police were given safe passage into Pakistan, on their own request, by the Pakistan Army in Arundu Sector of the Pak-Afghan international border, Chitral on July 25. After necessary clearance, the Afghan soldiers [had] crossed into Pakistan with their weapons, ammunition and communication equipment”, it added.
ISPR further mentioned “The soldiers have now been amicably returned to Afghan authorities on their request along with their weapons and equipment. Pakistan will continue to extend all kinds of support to our Afghan brethren in time[s] of need”.
The Afghan soldiers have been provided food, shelter, and necessary medical care as per established military norms, the Pakistani army said, adding that it had informed Afghan officials about the development.
In the meanwhile, scores of Afghan armed forces members and city officials have fled to neighboring countries including Pakistan in recent weeks in wake of the attacks from the insurgents.
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