As fight between Afghanistan government troops, and Taliban insurgents deepens, forty-six Afghan soldiers sought refuge in Pakistan after losing control of military positions across the border.
The Afghan military commander asked refuge at the border crossing in Chitral in the north, the Pakistan army said. The soldiers were given safe passage into Pakistan on Sunday night after clearance from Afghan authorities, Reuters news agency reported.
“Afghan soldiers have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care as per established military norms,” the statement said.
The move comes at a time of poor relations between the neighbours. Afghanistan recalled its diplomats from Pakistan after the brief kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad earlier in the month.