RAWALPINDI: Forty six Afghan soldiers including five officers were returned to the Afghan government authorities at Nawapass, Bajaur on Tuesday.
These soldiers from the Afghan National Army and Border Police were given safe passage into Pakistan, on their request, by Pakistan Army in Arundu Sector of Pak-Afghan international border in Chitral.
After necessary clearance, the Afghan soldiers crossed into Pakistan with their weapons, ammunition and communication equipment.
According to the media wing of armed forces, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), these soldiers have now been amicably returned to the Afghan authorities on their request along with their weapons and equipment.
The ISPR said Pakistan would continue to extend all kinds of support to its Afghan brethren in time of need.
On July 26, the Head of the American Army Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie had said that with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States would continue to carry out airstrikes in support of Afghan forces against the Taliban’s advances.
Gen. Kenneth Mackenzie had told reporters in Kabul that the United States had stepped up airstrikes in support of Afghan forces in recent days. “If the Taliban continue to carry out attacks, we are ready to increase the level of support.”