30 Afghan militants killed after cross-border raid

Published: October 10, 2011

Pakistani soldiers killed 30 Afghan militants who had crossed the border to attack the army. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

CHITRAL: Pakistani soldiers killed 30 Afghan militants who had crossed the border to attack the army, military officials said on Monday.  

The raid on Sunday night by a group of more than 200 Afghans could further damage an already difficult relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan, who often accuse each other of failing to halt cross-border operations by militants.

One Pakistani soldier was killed and four were wounded in the latest frontier incident, which lasted close to an hour, officials said. There was no independent confirmation of the number of militants killed.

“The attack happened in the Barawal area of Upper Dir. Pakistani forces retaliated and the intruders slipped back,” said one of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tension between the countries has been high since Afghan officials accused the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) of masterminding the September 20 assassination of Kabul’s chief peace negotiator with the Taliban. Pakistan strongly denied the allegations.

Pakistan has repeatedly blamed Afghanistan for giving safe haven to militants on its side of the border, leaving Pakistan vulnerable to counter-attack when it chases them out of its own tribal areas in the northwest.

Afghan provincial officials say Pakistan’s military fired hundreds of rockets between September 21 and September 25 in eastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces, which share a long border with the tribal areas inside Pakistan.

Although, the shelling did not cause major casualties, it followed more than a month of bombardments by Pakistan’s military in June and July that Afghanistan said killed at least 42 people.

A Pakistan military official said the army only engaged militants who crossed the border to stage attacks.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Someone
    Oct 10, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Until Afghanistan stops sending terrorists disguised as refugees into Pakistan, it has no moral ground to blame Pakistan for any ill events that take place within its own borders.

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  • Roflcopter
    Oct 10, 2011 - 3:39PM

    So where is the hypocrite NATO now?

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  • Zaki Khalid
    Oct 10, 2011 - 3:43PM

    First of all, the Pakistani soldier was not killed, he was martyred. So let us please set the respectful fact straight.

    Secondly, this is finally a good move to gradually prevent the TTP in Northern Areas of getting logistics/asset provision from Task Force 373 which is training the (fraudulent) ‘Pakistani’ Taliban.

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  • Ashish
    Oct 10, 2011 - 3:51PM

    Finally US pressure seems to be working…………..Good for everyone

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  • Pakistan Patriot
    Oct 10, 2011 - 4:01PM

    Nato and US forces should learn from the Pakistan army as Pakistan’s counter insurgency campain is more effective. Look Pakistan has given the harsh blow to the afghan militants. Instead of blaming Pakistan, US must take action against the cross border militants.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Oct 10, 2011 - 5:13PM

    They should be chased into Afghanistan and PAF should be used to smash their hideouts. Enough of this absurdity from Afghanis.Recommend

  • Maria
    Oct 10, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Well done Pakistani military. This is the way to handle the such criminals sent by their Indian masters to cause havoc. We need to close the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan to stop all movement between Pak and Afghanistan. Let’s see what Karzai cries about now to his Indian masters.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:13PM

    LOL@ the ridiculious dish-dash and helmets the soldiers are wearing [As seen in the picture above]

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:44PM

    The name of organisation which these Afghan miltants belonged to is not mentioned, so one can only presume it to be TTP fighters who are operating from Afghanistan and involved in attacks on Pak security forces a number of times in the past. Well done and keep it up.

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  • how
    Oct 10, 2011 - 9:50PM

    @Kashif:
    How is it insane , can you explain to me. Shalwar kameez is our national dress and we should be proud of it. It does not mean that we cant wear western clothes like jeans etc. I hope you get my point.
    You know actually it is your thoughtless statement that is insane if u think. All i can say is think before you speak.Recommend

  • Noise
    Oct 10, 2011 - 10:18PM

    @Kashif
    They’re probably from a paramilitary force, an hence dont have the best gear. One of the reason’s why the military isnt gaining any ground the Taliban or the Baloch separatists is that paramilitaries like FC are the people who are really on the front line. Not regular army forces and these Paramilitaries are about as rag-tag as the Taliban.

    you can sleep happy that the tax money that you give to the military is spent on important things. Like building cantonments.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:50PM

    I have one solution to this Pak-Afghan mess. Heavily mine and fence the whole Pak-Afghan border except for a couple of checkpoints. Pakistan put forward this suggestion some years ago and guess who objected to it…the Afghans. They know their smuggling, terrorism and drugs dens will shut down and their non-existent economy will turn into a full blooded starvation for the whole population of afghanistan.

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  • allpakedu
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:03AM

    i dont get it everyday 10s of terrorists killed and still terrorism doesnt end. Are these figures given by army just an eyewash or really militant are numbered in 10s of 1000s?

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  • Y Khan
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:04AM

    fantastic….next time make sure not a single one makes it back to Afghanistan.

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  • Amjad
    Oct 11, 2011 - 2:10AM

    @Kashif: I think that their battle dress is very comfortable and the soldiers don’t seem to mind it at all. After all the character of our troops makes the difference- not what they wear. Why do you think that the Pakistani military man from the native races of Pakistan is considered a martial soldier in all corners of the world? No one cares about the dress- just look at these guys: mostly tall muscular jawans- they are the pride of Pakistan and they rock when they kick out the foreign criminals from Afghanistan. The only thing is that they deserve the best equipment available which should be a priority for the government. Hats off to a job well done boys. Can’t wait to see more of these criminals try crossing from Afghanistan into Pakistan and how you’ll welcome them with a good whipping!

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  • MarkH
    Oct 11, 2011 - 2:55AM

    @Pakistan Patriot:
    Do you really grasp what you’re asking the US to do when it’s your country that harbors them? You should. It seems to be the biggest concern when it came to OBL being found there.

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  • aniq
    Oct 11, 2011 - 3:35AM

    @Noise:
    Frontier corps are 120,000 it costs alot of money to main tain them , with you liberal not wanting military spending to go beyond 4% of GDP

    Pak Military spends most of its budjet on missile defence not building cantonments. It costs money to keep a 1st rate military, we dont want to end up like Lebanon or Egypt with a 4th class military

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  • Oct 11, 2011 - 9:14AM

    these militant casualty figures are always inflated.

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  • Usman
    Oct 18, 2011 - 2:06PM

    @Zaki Khalid
    @Roflcopter

    Well said!

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