ISPR denial: Pakistan did not fire rockets into Afghanistan

Published: June 27, 2011

ISPR denies Afghan president Karzai's statement that Pakistan had fired rockets into its territory.. PHOTO: EPA

KABUL: 

The Pakistan army denied on Monday that it fired hundreds of rockets into two eastern Afghan provinces over the past three weeks, Express 24/7 reported.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that no rounds have been intentionally fired into Afghanistan.

He said it is possible that a few rounds may have accidentally fallen into Afghanistan when security forces targeted militants carrying out cross-border attacks into Pakistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday that hundreds of rockets landed on Afghan soil from Pakistan.

The Pakistani spokesman claimed today that there have been five major attacks on border posts in the last month by groups of up to 300 militants who crossed into the country from Afghanistan. He said 55 paramilitary soldiers and tribal police have been killed in the attacks and 80 others injured.

Updated from print edition (below)

Pakistan firing rockets into Afghanistan: Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into the country’s two eastern provinces over the past three weeks, which Afghan officials said killed 36 people, including 12 children, an Associated Press report said.

The attacks came in Kunar and Nangrahar provinces where Nato forces have withdrawn and where “Pakistani Taliban” moved in behind fleeing civilians, AP quoted Afghan border officials as saying.

Karzai said he discussed the rocket barrage with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari during an anti-terrorism conference in Tehran on Saturday, the same day the Afghan defence ministry spokesman warned that Afghanistan would “defend itself”.

Afghan security officials said joint Nato and Afghan border units have fired back into Pakistan, but Nato and Pakistan military officials denied any knowledge of border skirmishes.

“The government of Pakistan should understand that there will be a reaction for killing Afghan citizens,” the report quoted Afghan government spokesperson Mohammad Zahir Azimi as saying.

The Afghan president said he also had discussed the border attack with US Army Gen David H Petraeus, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, and US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry during his regular national security council meeting on Sunday.

Azimi said the Afghan defence ministry “asks the president of Pakistan to stop the artillery firing and compensate the losses caused.”

Afghan border police spokesman Edris Mohmand, who reported 36 Afghans killed by the rockets, including 12 children, said 2,000 families have fled districts threatened by the barrage, including Asmar and Nangalam in Kunar, and Goshta districts in Nangrahar.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (53)

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:31AM

    This President of single city should stay in his city limits. His country’s other city-men trash his rules then how does he expect the world to listen? Insane!Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Karzai, you bad man. You left us alone, talking directly with our long time friend USA. We feel left out and want to a part of any discussion. Please otherwise we are going to create problems for you. Recommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:44AM

    India and Afghanistan must jointly address this menace.Recommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:59AM

    even afghanistan is issuing warning to pakistan.hilarious.that means afghanistan also dont give a damn to pakistan and its army.it’s another matter if afghanistan can stop pak army from attacking or not. Recommend

  • Ba ha
    Jun 27, 2011 - 12:04PM

    He means american supplied rockets I supposeRecommend

  • Syed Imran
    Jun 27, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Please do not print Indians comments as this gives them space to ridicule our countryRecommend

  • vasan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Muslim Ummah????Recommend

  • adam
    Jun 27, 2011 - 1:03PM

    statements don’t change realities on grounds, everyone can read the mind and the wishers who think they delivered it. you didn’t it is not easy to turn the table in your favor merely through a statement. Also i advise to study histroy of ussr, who tried to Afghan soils against pak, but i will not repeat here what happend to ussr. Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 27, 2011 - 1:34PM

    @karzai… if you want to play responsible how about playing responsible for all the afghan refugees in pakistan?Recommend

  • Shafique
    Jun 27, 2011 - 1:43PM

    ye. … we never hit the rockets towards afghanistan…. we aways fire rockets on our own ppl… u must be mistaken mr. karzai…. ask US, we hav accurately killing our own ppl for the last 10 yearsRecommend

  • M
    Jun 27, 2011 - 1:59PM

    Indian people need to get:

    (a) Their own news website to comment on

    (b) A life

    :) Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:08PM

    The number of denials issued by Pakistan for the past sixty years would surely be a world record by any other country of the present day world. Recommend

  • PoorPeace!
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:12PM

    @syed imran…We have no intention of ridiculing your country. We are always ready to help. Its your country that needs to behave responsibly at world stage. Printing or not printing our comments will not hide the truth that exists.

    @RizwanTKhan…Dude why are you getting so worked up? Till very recently when he was singing praise for your country then he was apple of your eyes. And now if he is complaining about his people getting killed you have started to dislike him!!!
    In any case can even pakistan claim to have control over whole of its own land?Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 2:18PM

    If only I earned a penny for every time the ISPR denied something…Recommend

  • Tariq Shah
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Shows how significantly clueless Karzai and his top brass are to the situation. Indian intelligence agents are behing instigating Afghans to attack Pakistani border posts and since the Mayor of Kabul is clueless and simply taking talking points from the enemies of Muslims in Delhi, obviously he does not know what to say.

    Mr Mayor, please admit you have no control over your country, no control over armed groups in your borderlands, who are attacking your neighbours, the neighbours have full right to respond back and break the back of these armed thugs, you should be thanking us for doing your job. But then, thanking is not part of an Afghan lexicon. Arrogance, expectation, hate, spite anger and venom are more the likely traits.Recommend

  • Tariq Shah
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:25PM

    @sam:

    and take them all back to Afghanistan, but they are Afghani, and dont care for their own country, wish they had some pride and would all leave or move to India.Recommend

  • Arsalan J. Sheikh
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:49PM

    I’m seriously wondering… exactly how much does the Indian government pay it’s citizens / employees / contractor to come and comment on Pakistani newspaper web-sites.

    Do they pay you guys by the hours spent, or the number of words written? Or does someone actually read your comments for quality, and then give you marks for how potentially-demoralizing your comments are for average Pakistanis :-)

    Seriously, if this is your version of psy-ops, you need to do a better job of at least disguising it.Recommend

  • omer
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:51PM

    why issue a denial ? what can afghans do ? nothing but whine after being pushed by their indian masters. i say Pakistan army should carpet bomb the hell hole known as afghanistan. this would eliminate 50% problems of the world.Recommend

  • omer
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:53PM

    @Paras Vikmani:

    exactly my dear. but just DO NOT forget that soon Pakistan and china would pay back. hint: kashmir, khalistan, maoist, naxals, tamils etc :)Recommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 27, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Maybe india should gift some MBRL to Afghanistan that we can not only test them aganist a good professional army , maybe we can even secure some brownie points on this Recommend

  • guest-worker
    Jun 27, 2011 - 3:02PM

    “The government of Pakistan should understand that there will be a reaction for killing Afghan citizens,” the report quoted Afghan government spokesperson Mohammad Zahir Azimi as saying. NATO HAS KILLED AFGHANS WITH IMPUNITY FOR A DECADE– WHAT REACTION IS HE TALKING ABOUT?Recommend

  • Khan Bhai
    Jun 27, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Has Pakistan ever accepted responsibility and apologized for anything that has to do something with terrorism? Be that extrajudicial killings in Swat and Waziristan, Osama and Mullah Omar presence in Pakistan, state-run voilence in Kashmir, murdering of Journalists and cross border terrorism in India and Afghanistan.
    We have this nasty habbit of denying our misdeeds and mistakes. We live in twenty first century but we could not get rid of this trivial arrogance. We will never be able to learn.Recommend

  • ali
    Jun 27, 2011 - 3:19PM

    I do not know what you think of Karzai & Afghan, but it has not been many years once Karzai was seen riding a bicycle daily morning on his way to Urdu Science College Quetta where he used to teach English literature. He still owns a house in satellite town Quetta. His family / tribe men are still residing in Quetta.
    Afghans, may it be Pakhtoons or Northern Alliance people – have close ties with Pakistani people and had been our guests for decades.
    The issues – sooner or later shall be resolved, we respect Afghan people sovereignty and regard them as our long time friends.
    It is no fault of you, Indians have not accepted Pakistan as yet as Nation, sooner you accept, the better it would be for our coming generations.
    @sumeet:Recommend

  • lkhan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Maj Gen Abbas Athar’s record is of a man of integrity and good sense. Is Afghanistan looking for an excuse to attack Pakistan? Reminds one of the plane hijacking used as an excuse long ago by India to cut off air contact between East and West Pakistan to then support the break up of Pakistan. Time Pakistan threw all Afghan refugees across the border, the Afghans are not a match compared to Pakistan’s armed forces, even if trained and armed by the west. Less hospitality towards refugees, interests of Pakistan come first.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 3:54PM

    @Shafique:
    The people you are referring to if only they could respect the fact that Afghanistan and Pakistan are two different countries and should not cross the border neither should let any one from the other side to come to Pakistan without valid documents … Its time our spineless leaders show some guts and send these 3 million refugees back to their country and fence & seal the border. We don’t need to ask for any one’s permission for that its our country and we should deal with it.
    Mr Karzai should use his head and stop issuing this nonsensical threats we are still hosing around 3 million of your citizens without any documents despite the fact its been 32 years of ‘hospitality’. If your people care so much about your country why aren’t they going back? Recommend

  • from india
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:07PM

    how come hundreds of rocket hit afghanistan accidentally ? Recommend

  • Jameel
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:26PM

    We did not abduct the journalist and threw his body in Jehlum river. We did not threaten the remaining journalists. We did not abduct, tortured and killed Baluchis. We do not provide patronage to jihadi outfits. We did not fire missile…the list goes on. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:40PM

    @from india:
    The way thousands of Afghans hit our borders and cities without any documents every single f-day. 1980′s .. 2 million … 1990′s around 3 million 2000′s over 5 Million and in 2011 still 3 Million and the show continues.Recommend

  • Jameel
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:45PM

    @lkhan:

    Maj Gen Abbas Athar’s record is of a
    man of integrity and good sense.

    Can you provide any evidence of this?Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:46PM

    @ ashwin

    What do you mean by ‘maybe’…? We are sure that you ‘definitely’ are doing it… At last the admission by India to use Afghanistan soil against Pakistan, this has always been India’s dream and we will make it your worst nightmare :-) Recommend

  • Analyst
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:51PM

    The ‘establishment’ and the ‘super sensitive agencies’ are working hard to earn the enimity of the people of Afghanistan. Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 27, 2011 - 4:57PM

    @Paras Vikmani: “India and Afghanistan must jointly address this menace.”

    I totally agree with you. For a start, India can take in 3 million Afghan refugees from Pakistan and do Pakistan a great favour. This will reduce 90% of our terrorism problems, while you can also play your part of being a good friend of Afghanistan. To further “address” this menace, you can also do a favour by telling your friend karzai (mayor of Kabul) that attacking Pakistan is not viable and that he should stop making these paper tiger claims because he is fully aware what would be in store for his country if Afghan army dares to proceed into Pakistan.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 27, 2011 - 5:34PM

    @Arsalan J. Sheikh:
    No, you are wrong in your guess-work, Thanks to ET, I am going to Switzerland on a holiday. Recommend

  • asil
    Jun 27, 2011 - 5:43PM

    why don’t you all just stop with the corruption and do your jobs in a legal way?Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:45PM

    @Arsalan J. Sheikh: payment? why do we need payment for putting up our views on ET or any forum? Adding comment here does not cost us single rupee it’s free.. Internet is free world. Recommend

  • PoorPeace!
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:09PM

    @Arsalan J. Sheikh…No. you don’t get it. We are paid to reveal our identity. And yes we are paid not by the count of words but by letters.
    Anything else you wanna know? Keep us posted.

    @M… We like your ET website more. Thank you. The life, oh! you need it more than us. Have it. OR beg it from America.

    @omer…since independence to early 2000′s it was pak and US and now pak and China!
    How many times you change your godfather? Already used and abused by US you are now eager to get abused by China too. But remember China will exploit and won’t even pay unlike US. :-)

    Seems the country suffers from stockholm syndrome.Recommend

  • Afghan Abroad
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Why should Afghanistan trust Pakistan? Pakistan has meddled in affairs for decades. Why do Pakistanis think Afghanistan wants them to have anything to do with Afghani affairs? Please – leave Afghanistan alone. We’ve seen what Pakistan’s “friendship” does. Build a wall on the border and let each country fix its own problems.

    95% of Afghans will tell you they have no love for Pakistan nor do they trust Pakistan. The other 5% are Taliban or Taliban-supporters.Recommend

  • abhishek
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:18PM

    @omer,tamils and khalistan ROFLMAO,update urself with some current affairs abt india.it seems your jedi master zaid hamid taught u well padawan,may the force be with you :D.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:33PM

    I wonder when Pakistanis and Indians will agree on something. Wherever I read the comments, no matter what the topic is, we are found quarreling with each other. Learning from the war-mads like USA and USSR, we should believe that war is not a solution. We can not have a war with each other, then why spread hatred? Please try to comment on the topic rather than commenting on each other.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Pretty pathetic that Pakistan is ambivalent when it’s artillery kills 12 Afghan children — I wonder how Pakistan would respond if the shoe were on the other foot? Recommend

  • destro
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:43PM

    @Arsalan J. Sheikh:
    Sometimes we wish Indian govt was as generous as its Chinese counterpart… but not everyone is that lucky. It would be nice of you to kindly pass on your views to the mandarins sitting in the South Block & recommend us for monetary & health benefits for doing RAW’s work. A recommendation from highly esteemed persons like you is all we need. And regarding the shoddy work quality, we are kind of new at it, so plz bear with us. Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 9:45PM

    ISPR Denial ? lol its the job of the pakistani media to report the news, not to report the afghan presidents statements and then add your own desi liberal opinion to ISPR facts. French herald and BBC lol you make me laugh Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 9:46PM

    @TightDhoti:
    yea because we all know its easy to make accusations against pakistan.for some people its a full time jobRecommend

  • buttjee
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Knowing the mentality of Northern Alliance dominated Government of Afghanistan, I can vouch that no Artillery shells have landed in Afghanistan. They are just trying to be clever. By leveling such allegations against Pakistan, they want to divert the attention from Pakistan’s complaints of cross border attacks from Afghanistan. Pakistan should not give too much importance to Afghan complaints. In the meantime Pakistan should strengthen its defensive positions and be prepared to give a befitting reply to the attackers from Afghanistan. Afghans are our brothers and they are very much conscious of Pakistan’s importance for the stability of their country. Except for those stooges from the Northern Alliance who are the American touts and are sitting in the Government, no Afghan citizen has any complaint against Pakistan. These American pawns know for sure that after the departure of American forces from Afghanistan they will have no place in the Afghan Government. Due to this fear they will always create hurdles in any peace process which envisages Pakistan’s participation. Recommend

  • harry stone
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:28PM

    Understanding just how well lead and trained the Pakistan army is, I personally can see how this could have been an accident.Recommend

  • proud_yankee
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:46AM

    This dude looks like Manoj Bajpai :) . Sorry please continue the serious discussionRecommend

  • vasan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 6:08AM

    Arent these attacks by “Non state Actors” ?? Can Zardari pl clarify ??Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 10:07AM

    @Aftab:
    War-mads? You seem to conveniently forget that the US involvement in fighting terrorists was a provoked response. In fact, when the US was attacked there was stated intent to get them to come to your area of the world. But I never hear anyone referencing that aspect. You all act as though the US started the war.

    We didn’t start it but, I assure you there is intent to be the ones to finish it and anyone who complains about that can go blow themselves up. Just make sure to notify your beloved mass murderers so you can get the official martyr stamp to make sure all the formalities are met for you to receive your virgins.Recommend

  • tintumon
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:04PM

    man, he is right, it waz bumblebeeRecommend

  • adam
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:38PM

    Many drone fly from Afghan soil and kills many “militants”, they did not complained “as they going to meet their virgins”. Over 2 million Afghan still living peacefully in Pak, for the last 30 years, Pak did not killed any of them, then why they firing rockets here, “pay off time”. I can’t understand, what is going on, are people going made or this is the begining of a pay back time. Afghan had good time in Pak, study, work and business, and now safe return to home land, they can go into any city without visa even now, nobody took them as Afghans, but what the heck, who is the blady hell, who fired rocket at their village,, sure not pak, the enemy of Pak..Recommend

  • athar
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:50PM

    show here, you are not better than terrorists.Recommend

  • buttjee
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:13AM

    @ Mark

    Mark my friend, you have no right to ridicule some ones religious belief. This is how people like you spread religious hater-ad and force the simple peaceful people to become extremists. As for as Americas war on terror is concerned, it was started by US in the aftermath of 9/11. Neither any Pakistani was involved in 9/11 nor any resources from Pakistan had been used. All the perpetrators of 9/11 had been living in US for a long time and had been trained in US by various flying clubs. Principally, the US should have hanged its own people responsible for intelligence failure, for training and cooperating with the perpetrators and additionally should have adopted measures to strengthen its own inland security. But instead it decided to invade the sovereign state of Afghanistan against all principles of interstate relations and peaceful co-existence. At that time Pakistan had no issue with the Taliban Government in Afghanistan. There was no terrorism, no drug trade and street crimes were negligible. Pak-Afghan borders were the most peaceful borders in the world. Under the peaceful environment prevailing in the region, Pakistan’s economy had no serious threat which could have triggered the economic down turn. Then came the US invasion of Afghanistan. Under intense US pressure, Pakistan abandoned the Taliban Regime and decided to support US in its so called war on terror. Pakistan provided its air bases, logistic life line for US and NATO forces, extensive intelligence information and rest / marshalling areas for the US forces. You would understand it better than me that it would not have been possible for US to invade Afghanistan without such comprehensive and wide ranging support from Pakistan. Pakistan’s very sincere and whole hearted support was reciprocated by US by pushing a large number of Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives into Pakistan. That is how the war has been imposed on Pakistan. As of today Pakistan has deployed more than .15 million troops in support of US operations in Afghanistan. Pakistan had arrested and handed over to US more than 500 hundred Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, including Khalid Sheikh Muhammad the master mind of 9/11. While supporting US war on terror, Pakistan has lost more than 35000 innocent civilians, over 3500 troops of law enforcement agencies and its economy has suffered a colossal loss of over $ 68 billion. All these years, US has been violating Pakistan’s sovereignty in spite of wide spread public outrage in Pakistan. Pakistan has been the most trusted US ally in this war. After suffering so much and after offering enormous sacrifices for almost 30 years what Pakistan wanted to gain was a stable and peaceful region and a friendly Government in Afghanistan. Pakistan has been persuading US to help Pakistan in attaining these two goals which are very important for its stability. But unfortunately US has been ignoring Pakistan’s requests.
    The basic irritant between US and Pakistan is the US plans to oblige India with their extended presence in Afghanistan at the cost of Pakistan’s vital national security interests. For the last ten years US has been claiming to have long term strategic partnership with Pakistan but there is nothing strategic in this relationship. All strategic benefits including the declaration of nuclear power status have been given to India which has played no role in Afghan wars of 1980s or the ongoing war on terror. The entire world knows that the problems of law and order, terrorism and economic down turn which Pakistan is facing today are the creation of US war on terror but the US leadership tells us that they cannot solve Pakistan’s problems. Of late it has dawned on the people of Pakistan that their strategic partner, a Super Power cannot solve their problems which are its own creation because it does not want to do that. Keeping the long history of US deceptions and betrayals and a total disregard to its sovereignty, Pakistan, forcibly, has to think about ways and means to protect its own national interests. Pakistan is still providing the life line to the US and NATO forces without creating any hindrance. It is a malicious assumption that Pakistan is supporting any faction of Taliban. There are no favourites and there are no good or bad Talibans. Pakistan will still fight the terrorists but according to its own priorities. Pakistan will not involve itself in fighting all the factions of Taliban simultaneously unless the capabilities of its Army, Air Force and Intelligence is enhanced substantially. This is the point at which we are stuck up with US. If US wants Pakistan’s support for its war in Afghanistan then it has to forget about using threatening rhetoric, US should provide requisite technology, address Pakistan’s serious national security concerns on priority and translate the existing relationship into a truly strategic relationship. I assure you that the trust deficit will vanish in no time and US – Pakistan relationship will be more than satisfactory for both the parties.Recommend

  • Tajik Afghan
    Jul 8, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Pakistan, you are making the biggest mistakes of your life………… You know that Karzai is the only cause for all what is happening in Afghanistan. This story will end and you will be sorry ….

    Recommend

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