Kabul urges end to cross-border attacks from Pakistan

Published: June 24, 2011
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The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is porous, and relations between the two countries have long been strained over the presence of militants fighting against both governments. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is porous, and relations between the two countries have long been strained over the presence of militants fighting against both governments. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KABUL / PESHAWAR: The Afghan government on Friday called for an end to cross-border attacks from Pakistan, warning that such incidents could affect “improving trust and cooperation” between the two wary allies.

“The ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan expresses its serious concern about the continuing Pakistani artillery shelling of Afghan villages in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces,” it said.

The ministry said that Pakistani shelling killed four children late Thursday in the northeastern province of Kunar, the latest in a series of incidents.

“The Afghan government calls for the immediate cessation of the artillery fire against Afghan villages,” it said.

“The continuation of such incidents could adversely affect the spirit of improving trust and cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is porous, and relations between the two countries have long been strained over the presence of militants fighting against both governments.

Both sides have made a string of claims and counter-claims in recent days.

Last week, Pakistani officials said five people were killed when several hundred militants crossed from Afghanistan and targeted civilians in the Mamoond area of the border tribal district of Bajaur.

But Afghan officials denied any attack and accused Pakistani troops of killing six people in a rocket strike in Kunar, as well as other attacks in volatile Kunar and Nangarhar.

The statement came after Afghanistan’s foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul met the Pakistani ambassador to Kabul over the issue Monday. Pakistan had earlier summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires over the dispute.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Maria
    Jun 24, 2011 - 6:33PM

    What a joke. The Afghanistan government is a lackey of the Indians and they are the ones sending terrorists and criminals into Pakistan. Why can’t the West spend some money to build a big wall between Pak and Afghanistan so that people from there do not infiltrate into Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ba ha
    Jun 24, 2011 - 6:36PM

    should read KABUL URGED TO END CROSS BORDER ATTACKS

    IN CASE BOTH ARE TRUE:

    disarm Nato/USA
    disarm India
    Disarm taliban
    Make peace with each other

    Q. e, d.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 25, 2011 - 1:06AM

    Yeah, like it’s from Pakistan border where hundreds of militants came from at the same time.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 25, 2011 - 1:39AM

    Pakistan militants have been attacking Afghanistan for how many years now? — takes a lot of gall for Pakistani’s to complain about militants attacking them from Afghanistan. Shoes on the other foot — hope you like the fit.Recommend

  • S Khan
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:01AM

    @Maria:
    what a joke!
    why west should spend money and build wall? Stop looking and blaming to others for everything. It’s Pakistan army’s job to secure Pakistan not west.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:47AM

    Pakistan has becoming torture for the countries across the globe, its time that Pakistan get rid of its ‘terror as instrument of state policy’, act now or get isolated.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 25, 2011 - 11:43AM

    What about the insurgents from Afghanistan into Pakistan i.e. in Bajur, Mohmand etc.?????Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 25, 2011 - 11:48AM

    @ashok sai:
    I don’t see any comment from you or your group of Indians giving any comment on inaction of your Govt. or that guy who promised to put in India’s share of ransom to the pirates. WAKE UP and criticize your own Govt’s blunders and inefficiency. Write about the problems your country is faced with or maybe you are paid by RAW to write against Pakistan.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 25, 2011 - 11:57AM

    @Iftikhar-ur-Rehman:

    For your information, I had already commented pirates issue. I can understand your frustration, but that cannot refrain me from commenting on a global nuisance caused by terror factory run by Pakistan.
    Wrt RAW paying to write against Pakistan, please enlighten me how to get about it.

    P.S.: I also commented on the topic,

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/195509/zardari-in-tehran-for-tri-lateral-talks/

    Will you now say, Pak civilians pay me to write against Pak Military ?Recommend

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