ISLAMABAD – Pakistan said Thursday that suspected militants operating out of Afghanistan have attacked several border outposts, killing a paramilitary soldier and “critically” injuring two others. The Afghan foreign ministry rejected the charges and said that being a victim of terrorism, Afghanistan would not allow any terrorist group to use its territory against Pakistan or other countries. It said that border military officials from both sides held an emergency meeting Thursday at the request of Islamabad to discuss the situation. Some of them have joined the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as IS Khorasan Province (ISKP), according to the report prepared by the U.N. analytical and sanctions monitoring team. Islamabad insists, however, a lack of personnel apparently has prevented Afghan forces from fully securing the long frontier on their side, leaving a several-hundred-kilometer stretch unmanned, which encourages militant attacks against Pakistan.
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