RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has turned over a group of Afghan army soldiers to their country’s authorities in a respectful way after they lost control of a military station on the Pak-Afghan border, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) late Monday.

“Fifty-six Afghan troops, including five officers, were returned to Afghan authorities at Nawa Pass, Bajaur today [Tuesday] at 00:35 hours, Pakistan Standard Time,” according to a statement released by the Pakistan Army’s media wing.

The Pakistan Army granted these troops from the Afghan National Army and the Border Police safe entry into Pakistan on their own request on July 25th in Arundu Sector of the Pak-Afghan International Border, Chitral, according to the statement.

The Afghan forces crossed into Pakistan with their guns, ammo, and communication equipment, according to the ISPR.

“The aforementioned troops, together with their weapons and equipment, have now been returned to the Afghan government amicably,” the statement continued.

The Pakistan Army stated, “Pakistan would continue to offer all forms of help to our Afghan compatriots in times of need.”

After failing to hold their military stations near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the Pakistan Army allowed these Afghan soldiers “refuge and safe passage” on Sunday night.