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One member of the Afghan border police is dead and two Pakistani soldiers have been wounded after a row close to the disputed Gursal border gate.
A two-hour firefight began after an attack on a Pakistani checkpoint, according to officials in Islamabad.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry released a statement saying it had summoned the senior Afghan diplomat in Islamabad to protest at what it called “an unprovoked firing incident.”
However, Kabul is claiming Pakistani troops were in the wrong when they tried to fortify the gate on the Afghan side. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the situation at the border was now “under control.”
The border is over 2,600 kilometres long, and militants often cross over, carrying out attacks in both countries.
The US is trying to improve relations between the two countries before NATO troops leaving Afghanistan at the end of 2014. America wants Pakistan to help Afghanistan to coax the Taliban to the negotiating table ahead of the withdrawal.
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country’s capital on Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason.Local TV broadcast footage of the dramatic scene in which Musharraf jumped into a black SUV and escaped as a member of his security team hung to the side of the vehicle. He sped away to his large compound on the outskirts of Islamabad that is protected by high walls, razor wire and guard towers.This week has gone from bad to worse for Musharraf, who seized power in a coup in 1999 when he was serving as army chief and spent nearly a decade in power before being forced to step down in 2008. He returned last month after four years in self-imposed exile to make a political comeback despite legal challenges and Taliban death threats, but has since faced paltry public support.A court in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday disqualified Musharraf from running in the parliamentary election scheduled for May 11, likely squashing his hopes for political comeback.Continue Reading… …
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