ISLAMABAD  (Our Staff Reporter/Agencies) - Pakistan warned Afghanistan on Tuesday that it would not be responsible for the consequences if a border spat between the two countries escalated further.

The Foreign Office summoned the Afghan Charge d’Affaires and conveyed protest of the Government of Pakistan on repetition of an unprovoked firing incident that took place on May 6, 2013 at 0845 hours from the Afghan posts at the Pakistani Gursal Post.  As a result of this unprovoked firing incident, five Frontier Constabulary (FC), soldiers got injured. As in the past, Pakistan security forces exercised maximum restraint and communicated first to the Afghan side about repetition of this serious violation through military channels.

The Afghan Charge d’Affaires was conveyed Government of Pakistan’s serious concern and asked to advise the relevant authorities in Afghanistan to avoid repetition of unprovoked firing which undermines the existing coordination mechanisms between the security forces of the two countries.

Afghan Charge d’Affaires was also conveyed that in case of any further escalation as a result of this situation, the responsibility would be on the Afghan government. Pakistan feels that repetition of unprovoked firing incidents are adversely affecting the friendly relations between the two brotherly countries which have covered a long distance in building trust and understanding in the recent years. The Pakistani warning came one day after Afghanistan lodged a similar protest with Islamabad, blaming its neighbour for a spate of shootouts near the boundary.

Relations between the two neighbors have been severely strained in recent months, and the mountainous region in eastern Afghanistan where the shootings occurred has seen acrimonious exchanges between the two sides over the demarcation of their border. Earlier, hundreds of men marched through Afghan city of Kandahar chanting anti-Pakistan slogans. The demonstrators, who dispersed peacefully after the march, were protesting the two shooting incidents along the frontier. In the first incident last week, a border gate built by Pakistan was damaged in the fighting. Afghan officials say the second exchange started Monday when Afghan border police told Pakistani forces to stop repairing the gate, sparking a firefight that ended two hours later with a ceasefire.

Pakistan claims the facility is on its territory. But Afghanistan does not recognize the disputed Durand Line, the 19th century demarcation between present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan as its border. Pakistan accepts the line as the boundary between the two sides.

Both countries have accused each other of providing shelter for militants fighting on the other side of the border, and Afghan officials have claimed Pakistan has tried to torpedo peace talks with the Taliban.