Pakistan round-up: 8 killed as Pak-Afghan border forces trade fire


NEW DELHI: Heavy exchange of fire between Pakistani and Afghan border forces, two provincial assemblies to be dissolved this week, and other top stories from the neighbouring country in our weekly Pakistan round-up:
Flare-up on Afghan border, 8 Pakistanis killed
Cross-border shelling and gunfire between Afghanistan and Pakistan killed eight Pakistani civilians and one Afghan soldier on Sunday, with each side accusing the other for the flare-up.
Pakistan army said Afghan border forces had opened “unprovoked and indiscriminate fire of heavy weapons including artillery/mortar on to the civilian population” at the Chaman border crossing.
Islamabad on Friday summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires and issued a “strong condemnation” over “unprovoked cross-border shelling” by Afghan Border Security Forces.
Punjab, KP assemblies to be dissolved on 23rd
PTI chief Imran Khan has announced that the assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the party is in power, will be dissolved on December 23.
PTI members in both houses have submitted their resignations to the respective speakers. Imran also promised to hold elections in both provinces within 90 days after the houses are dissolved.
TTP chief claims all attacks launched from ‘within Pakistan’
Noor Wali Mehsud, leader of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has attempted to rebuff the impression that they are being backed by the Afghan Taliban regime in Kabul.
“We are fighting Pakistan’s war from within the territory of Pakistan, using Pakistani soil. We have the ability to fight for many more decades with the weapons and spirit of liberation that exist on the soil of Pakistan,” he said in an interview with CNN.
‘Audio leak’ of Imran’s wife over Toshakhana gifts surfaces
Another purported audio clip of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Aunt has emerged.
Bushra Bibi, the former first lady, can be heard grumbling at an official for making pictures of Toshakhana gifts without her permission.
Bushra could be allegedly heard instructing the official to not make photos of the “things” coming inside the house and to only snap pictures of the “things” that are being taken out.
Brain drain: 7,65,000 youths moved overseas in 2022
Pakistan’s brain drain situation has aggravated with more than 7,60,000 educated youth seeking employment overseas this year. The uncertain economic and political situation at home have been primarily blamed for the exodus, according to a media report.
An overwhelming majority of the emigrants went to Middle Eastern countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Among the European destinations, the preferred choice of Pakistanis appears to be Romania.
Top-order batter Azhar Ali announces retirement from Tests
Azhar Ali, one of Pakistan’s most successful batters, will hang his boots following the third Test against England.
“I retire from international cricket as a fulfilled cricketer who ticked most of the goals he had set for himself,” he told the press on Friday.
With 7,097 runs in 96 matches at an average of 42.49, Azhar is Pakistan’s fifth leading Test run-getter behind Younis Khan (10,099), Javed Miandad (8,832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,829) and Mohammad Yousuf (7,530).


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