ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday summoned Afghan Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad to record protest over the Chaman border shelling.

According to the statement issued here, the Foreign Ministry issued a “strong condemnation” over the recent incidents of “unprovoked cross-border shelling” by Afghan Border Security Forces in the Chaman-Spin Boldak area.

“It was reiterated that the protection of civilians remained the responsibility of both sides and that the recurrence of these incidents must be prevented. It was agreed to use established institutional mechanisms in this regard,” a press release issued by the FO said. “Pakistan remains committed to maintaining fraternal relations with Afghanistan. Peace along the Pak-Afghan border is intrinsic to this end,” it added.