Pakistan’s military said its forces killed more than 50 Afghan soldiers and destroyed five checkpoints in heavy fighting along their disputed border, a claim quickly rejected by Kabul.
The clashes took place on Friday at the Chaman border that divides Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province and Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar, as Pakistani officials were carrying out a census count.
At least eight civilians were killed, according to previously stated death tolls by officials – seven on the Pakistani side and one Afghan.
On Sunday, Pakistan elevated its rhetoric by saying Afghan forces had suffered much more dramatic losses.
“We are not pleased to tell you that five Afghan check posts were completely destroyed – more than 50 of their soldiers were killed and above 100 were wounded,” Major-General Nadim Ahmad, head of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, said.
“We are not happy for their losses, but we were forced to retaliate.”
Ahmad said two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine more wounded in the incident.