The Pakistani newspaper Dawn, citing hospital officials in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, said eight people, including women and children, had been killed on the Pakistani side.
The Pakistani Army said in a statement that the Afghan border police had been confronting the census team in the “divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in Chaman area, on Pakistani side of the border,” for more than a week.
The porous border between the two countries, known as the Durand Line and disputed by many in Afghanistan, has been a source of tension that has led to occasional skirmishes. Afghan officials have accused Pakistani forces of repeatedly shelling its eastern districts with rockets launched from Pakistan.
After a series of deadly attacks in Pakistan this year, the Pakistani government closed border crossings for about a month, saying that those responsible for the attacks were in Afghanistan. A Pakistani officer and an Afghan officer were killed during clashes at the Torkham border crossing, about 150 miles east of the capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, last year.
Relations between the two countries have long been tense, with the Afghan government accusing Pakistan of aiding the Taliban insurgency, which has its leadership council headquarters in Pakistan. Pakistan has accused the Afghan government of harboring terrorists that carry out deadly attacks on Pakistani soil.
A recent meeting in Kabul between the head of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to smooth relations was described as tense…