RAWALPINDI: A group of Afghan army soldiers, who had sought refuge into Pakistan after losing control of military post on the Pak-Afghan border, have been returned to their country in a dignified manner, the military said in a statement.
“Forty-six Afghan soldiers, including five officers, have been returned to Afghan authorities at Nawa Pass, Bajaur today [Tuesday] at 00:35 hours, Pakistan Standard Time,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said late Monday.
The Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and Border Police were given safe passage into Pakistan, on their own request by the Pakistan Army in Arundu Sector of Pak-Afghan international border in Chitral on July 25, the statement added.
ANA local commander had requested the Pakistan Army for refuge and safe passage for the soldiers.
The military’s media wing said after necessary clearance, the Afghan soldiers crossed into Pakistan with their weapons, ammunition and communication equipment.