Pakistani airstrikes in the eastern Afghan provinces of Khost and Kunar killed mainly women and children, authorities say.
Pakistan’s death toll military air strikes on targets in Afghanistan’s eastern provinces of Khost and Kunar on Saturday has risen to at least 47, officials said.
“Forty-one civilians, mostly women and children, were killed and 22 others wounded in airstrikes by Pakistani forces near the Durand line in Khost province,” Shabir Ahmad Osmani, director of Pakistani police, told AFP on Sunday. information and culture of Khost.
Two other officials confirmed the death toll in Khost, while an Afghan official said on Saturday that six people were killed in Kunar province.
Afghanistan’s largest news channel, TOLO News, showed images of the bodies of children it said were killed in the airstrike.
The same channel showed protests by hundreds of Khost residents condemning Pakistan and shouting anti-Pakistan slogans.
The Pakistani military has not commented on the attacks, but on Sunday the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad urged Taliban authorities in Kabul to take “severe measures” against armed fighters launching attacks on Pakistan from Afghan soil.
“Terrorists are using Afghan soil with impunity to carry out activities inside Pakistan,” said the statement, which was unusually harsh in its language.
Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban took power last year, and Islamabad says armed groups are carrying out regular attacks from Afghan soil.
Since the Taliban’s seizure of power, Islamabad has led the way in pressuring the world to compromise with the religion-driven Afghan government.
However, it is unclear whether Pakistan’s new prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, will support the Afghan Taliban as much as his predecessor, Imran Khan, a cricket star turned conservative Islamist leader who was ousted from power at the end of last week in a tumultuous political no. -confidence vote.
The Taliban deny harboring armed Pakistani fighters, but they are also infuriated by a fence Islamabad is erecting along the two countries’ shared 2,700-kilometre (1,680-mile) border.