Islamabad: Two Pakistani nationals from Balochistan were allegedly shot dead by NATO forces in Afghanistan on Thursday, days after ties between Islamabad and
Washington plunged to a new low after a cross-border air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
The two Pakistani men from Chagai district of Balochistan were visiting their relatives in Bibijan area of Afghanistan, their relatives told the media.
The relatives alleged NATO forces opened fire at the men and killed them instantly.
Officials of the Levies militia confirmed the incident to the Pakistani media. They said the two men were shot dead this morning. The dead men were identified as Abdullah and Mohammad Usman, residents of Chagai district.
People living on either side of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border often visit their relatives.
People from Chagai travel to the Afghan side of the border to collect wood and to work as labourers, media reports said. On Saturday, 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed when NATO helicopters from Afghanistan targeted two military border
Pakistan responded angrily to the air strike by closing all NATO supply routes and asking the US to vacate Shamsi airbase, reportedly used by CIA-operated drones.