Protest lodged with Afghanistan over cross-border attacks

Published: August 28, 2011

Pakistan lodged a protest with Afghanistan over cross border attacks. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Pakistan on Saturday lodged a formal protest with the Afghan government over cross-border attacks emanating from Kunar and Nuristan against seven Pakistani check posts in Chitral earlier on Saturday in which 25 security forces personnel were killed.

The Afghan Charge d’Affairs was called in at the Foreign Ministry and protest on the attacks and was conveyed with the imperative of establishing peace and tranquillity in the border region and effectively dealing with terrorists, a foreign office statement issued here on Saturday said.

The statement said that it was Pakistan’s expectation that ISAF and the Afghan National Army would take effective measures to prevent such incursions by militants from safe havens from across the border in Kunar and Nuristan and to enhance border security, the statement added.

Earlier in the day, an ISPR statement said that 25 security forces had been killed, including 16 frontier scouts, four policemen and five Levies, when almost 300 terrorists attacked seven security posts in Chitral.

Army said that security forces had managed to kill 20 attackers. Two of the posts under attack were completely overrun.

Army said that terrorists evicted from Swat and Dir were regrouping and rearming in Nuristan and Kunar, bolstering their ranks with local Afghans.

Reader Comments (7)

  • Cautious
    Aug 28, 2011 - 7:21AM

    Afghanistan complained for 9+ years about Pakistan allowing terrorist sanctuary — those complaints apparently went into the trash can — no doubt Afghanistan officials roll their eyes when they receive a complaint from Pakistan.

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  • faraz
    Aug 28, 2011 - 9:20AM

    NATO vacateded checkpost in Kunar and Nuristan few months ago

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  • Maria
    Aug 28, 2011 - 10:08AM

    The Pakistani government should adopt a more aggressive strategy to attack these criminals supported by Afghanistan. The border with Afghanistan needs to be fences and access restricted. The world talks about other soldiers but what about Pakistani sacrifices?

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  • Shah Zalmay Khan
    Aug 28, 2011 - 11:35AM

    I offer my deep condolences to the families of all these martyrs. And hope the Pakistani Government and Army take care of the bereaved families, as much as possible. Because they laid down their lives “In Gumnami” so that “We 18 Million sleep in Peace”
    And the Double Standards come to play, yet again. The International Media (famous for the Do-More Mantra) failed to properly cover this butchery of 28 (or as some report, 70) Pakistani Security Personnel.
    Had the attack been launched from Pakistan into Afghanistan and some Americans or even Afghan troops had been killed, the CNN and FOX would have dedicated a quarter of the day to its coverage. The NY Times and WSJ would have given it a Full Front-Page coverage. Not the case here. CNN and FOX couldn’t afford it more than a TICKER while NY Times and WSJ placed it SOMEWHERE.
    And that is what fuels the Anti-Western Sentiment even in the heart of a common, educated and forward-looking Pakistani. And then it seems a mockery when THEY innocently ask, “Why do they Hate us”?
    A genuine question, “Is Pakistanis’ blood thinner”???

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  • Cheema
    Aug 29, 2011 - 8:43AM

    Afghanistan is so battle tired, battered and numb that it does not even know who is ruling the country. This is exactly how India wanted Afghanistan to be . . . . so it can take charge, open offices, form bases and fund terror groups from the Afghan soil and very effectively and conveniently attack Pakistan. Pakistan knows it all!! Knowledge is Power!!
    Pakistani sacrifices of these precious lives should not go unoticed, they are the real Heros!!

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  • Observer
    Sep 4, 2011 - 2:16AM

    @Maria:
    I am sorry Pakistani sacrifices are not counted around the world because Pakistanis themselves place very low value on their lives internally. People are killed randomly or for ideological reasons, murder cases are not solved, where prosecution is possible, Pakistanis protest for ideological or political reasons.

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  • Sep 4, 2011 - 3:03AM

    @Cheema:
    What a philosophy? Unfortunately for you that is not the truth. We would like a strong and economically prosperous Afghanistan. Sorry! but that is the truth. It hurts to see Afghanistan in such a state and then to be blamed for it is even bad. I hope and expect the Afghans atleast to believe us!

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