Pakistani airstrikes on Afghanistan’s eastern Khost and Kunar provinces have mostly killed women and children, officials said.

Pakistani military airstrikes on Saturday on targets in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost and Kunar provinces killed at least 47 people, officials said.

Shabir Ahmed Osmani, Khost’s information and culture director, told AFP on Sunday: “41 civilians, mainly women and children, were killed in an airstrike near the Durand line in Khost province. , was killed by the Pakistani army and 22 others were wounded.”

Two other officials confirmed Khost’s death toll, while an Afghan official said Saturday that six people had died in Kunar province.

TOLO News, Afghanistan’s largest news channel, broadcast images of the bodies of children allegedly killed in the airstrikes.

The same channel broadcast a protest by hundreds of Khost residents, who denounced Pakistan and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.

The Pakistani military has yet to comment on the attack, but Islamabad’s foreign ministry on Sunday urged Taliban authorities in Kabul to take “severe action” as rebel fighters attacked Pakistan from Afghan territory.

“Terrorists use Afghan soil to operate within Pakistan with impunity,” the statement said, in unusually harsh language.

Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban seized power last year, with Islamabad claiming that armed groups are conducting regular attacks on Afghan soil.

Since the Taliban took over, Islamabad has led the way in urging the world to engage with the religiously driven Afghan government.

However, it is unclear whether Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Sheikh Baz Sharif will support the Afghan Taliban like his predecessor Imran Khan, a cricket star turned conservative Islamist leader who last weekend in politics Dismissed in the turmoil. – Confidence vote.

The Taliban have denied harboring armed Pakistani fighters, but have also been angered by Islamabad’s fence along the 2,700-kilometer (1,680-mile) shared border between the two countries.