Afghan soldiers, officials take refuge in Pakistan: ISPR
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar has said that 46 Afghan soldiers and border police including officers crossed the Pakistani border from Chitral last night as they were unable to hold their military posts due to the evolving security situation in Afghanistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel Monday.
In a statement, the Pakistan Armed Forces Spokesperson said that Afghan soldiers’ will be returned to their Afghan authorities’ in a dignified manner after the due process.
Pakistan has provided temporary refuge to 46 soldiers of the Afghan National Army including five officers as they were unable to hold their military posts along with Pak- Afghan border.
“Afghan soldiers have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care.”
The situation in Afghanistan has been deteriorating as fighting intensified between Afghan Taliban and Afghan Armed forces and militias 46. Last week, the Afghan Taliban claimed to raise their flag after capturing key town Spin Boldak from the Afghan side at the Chaman border crossing.
This is not the first time Afghan forces flee to a neighbouring country to take refuge as over 1,000 Afghan soldiers fled into neighbouring Tajikistan on June 5 to escape clashes with Taliban insurgents who have mounted an aggressive offensive as NATO forces withdraw, according to Tajik border officials.