Cross-border attacks: Pakistan decries soldier deaths, Karzai demands probe

Published: June 28, 2011
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Pakistan army maintains that few 'accidental rounds' landed in Afghanistan in hot pursuit of militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistan army maintains that few 'accidental rounds' landed in Afghanistan in hot pursuit of militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded a halt to a series of cross-border rocket attacks in a meeting with Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, as the Pakistan Army claimed five “major attacks” were launched from Afghanistan.

The demand comes ahead of a meeting of senior officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US who will meet today (Tuesday) in Kabul to push the Afghan reconciliation process forward.

A statement issued by  Karzai’s palace after the meeting said he “expressed concern over the continuation of rocket attacks on the Afghan border region from Pakistan soil and demanded an immediate halt to these attacks.”

The palace claimed that Kayani had agreed to launch an investigation, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

A few hours before the meeting, the Pakistan Army said that five “major attacks” launched from Afghanistan had killed 55 security personnel in a month.

Army spokesperson Major General Athar Abbas said on Monday that he could not rule out a “few accidental rounds” could have been fired across the border by security forces targeting fleeing militants but said Pakistan had also suffered, according to AFP news agency.

“In the last month, there have been five major attacks from the Afghan side of the border, where 250 to 300 terrorists crossed over and assaulted our border posts in Dir, Mohmand and Bajaur,” he said.

The attacks resulted in the deaths of 55 paramilitary and pro-government tribal militiamen and wounded 80 others, Abbas said.

Meanwhile, a tripartite commission, comprising senior military representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the coalition forces in Afghanistan held a meeting in Kabul on Tuesday. This is the 34th meeting of the commission, which was inaugurated in Islamabad in 2003.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations press release, General Kayani, Chief of Afghan General Staff General Sher Muhammad Karimi and Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) General David Petraeus headed the respective delegations.

The participants reviewed the current security situation along the Pak-Afghan border and discussed measures to improve the effectiveness of the ongoing operations in their respective areas. Steps for better coordination and enhanced cooperation to avoid misunderstandings regarding border security were also discussed.

Meanwhile, discussions in the trilateral meeting are expected to be tense as Pakistan will raise its concerns over deliberate attempts by the US to keep Islamabad out of peace-making efforts with Afghan Taliban.

The three-way talks will be attended by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, US special envoy for the region Marc Grossman and the Afghan deputy foreign minister.

Ahead of the Kabul moot, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday to discuss bilateral relations and the meeting of the core group, according to the prime minister’s office.

Also, in a clear sign of growing tension, Associated Press news agency reported that Grossman told a news conference in Kabul on Monday that Pakistan must prove it wants an end to the Afghan war by preventing militants from hiding out on its soil and enabling those who launch attacks on the Afghan side of the border.

“We’ve been pretty clear that going forward here, we want the government of Pakistan to participate positively in the reconciliation process,” Grossman said. “Pakistan now has important choices to make.”

However, Pakistan continues to have serious reservations on the US’ efforts and a foreign office official said the issue will be taken up at the meeting of the Core Group.

With additional reporting by Kamran Yousaf in Islamabad

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • human Being
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:41PM

    What does a person do if its leaders are corrupt.Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 11:42PM

    This is a conpiracy by Karzai abd his mininons…Recommend

  • EA
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:32AM

    Gen. Kyani should leave his office for good now. The general is already on extension.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Since whenhas this Institution ever told truth in last 60 yrs!!!!!
    They have very nice lifestyles while the common men in pakistan is trying figure out how to survive!!!!!
    Bravo to Pak Army!!! It takes lot more than self gratification to be involved in real process!!!Recommend

  • Mo
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:26AM

    The Mayor of Kabul better keep his ego in check. The Tribal militias of pakistan could alone defeat his army .Afghanistan has no airforce and no sea access LOL. Recommend

  • Andrea
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:38AM

    Coming from Karzai this is crazy. If anything, the terrorism and criminality is all coming from Afghanistan. We need to contruct a big wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan so the criminals stop crossing the border. We have suffered enough from them! We need to push NATO to keep the Afghanis and their Indian agents under control and make a big wall to keep them all out!Recommend

  • Ho
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:20AM

    Pakistan needs to seal its border not only with Afghanistan but definately with India. It cannot afford to have Indian proxy warriors infiltrate from both sides of the border. This is no time for trade and friendship trains and buses etc . . .that’s all hipocracy. . . Its about time for clean up and quick and swift arrest of terrorist. Security comes first!!!!Recommend

  • gothmog
    Jun 28, 2011 - 5:44AM

    Totally legitimate. The Army is mirroring the strategy employed by NATO forces Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 6:01AM

    Life in the region will be much easier the day Pakistan Army starts speaking truth like true soldiers do and leave politics to politicians. Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 6:06AM

    The comments by many people read like comments by Indians when there was crossborder infiltration and attack by the Pakistani actors into Kashmir. I guess the feelings are the sameRecommend

  • Ahad Shafqat
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Hi,

    In the third paragraph, you mentioned General David H. Petreaus’s name twice. Please fix that.

    Thanks.

    AhadRecommend

  • islo
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Use the US aid to seal the border between Pak and Afghan for once and all. Do the samething what Israel did and that’s how they were able to stop suicide bombing. What Israel also did was, everytime they found out about the ID of the suicide bomber they used to raze down the house of that bomber in Gaza strip or in the West bank. We should learn something from our enemy and change our non productive ways of fighting extremism. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:35AM

    ISPR loves to make statements every so often. However, when there are attacks on the country from outside and 55 poor and brave Pakistani soldiers are killed, there was no news for a month? When would we hear some truth from the army’s mouthpiece on time? If Karzai would not complaint against Pakistan ISPR would have kept quiet like they were for a month. All the statements of ISPR are either political or for its falling image, not for the poor soldiers who are martyred. Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Thank God. India has spent billions of rupees and build up wall against pakistan except LOC. Otherwise we would have seen same situation on pak border. Recommend

  • Fayyaz
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:37AM

    The only solution to Afghan problem is to put a fence on the whole border and differentiate ourselves from them…Also our government should take measures to exclude them from Pakistan…These people spit in the same pot from where they eat…Recommend

  • Frank
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:54AM

    VINOD

    Life in the region will be much easier
    the day Pakistan Army starts speaking
    truth like true soldiers do and leave
    politics to politicians

    Life in the region will be much easier the day India starts speaking truth like true democracies do and leave Kashmir to KashmirisRecommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 10:43AM

    People are bored with using their money for Pakistan. Build the walls yourselves. The world will love you for it. It looks terrible if we were the ones to quarantine you. Human rights activists’ heads would be exploding left and right. Now, on the other hand, if you were to quarantine yourselves, they wouldn’t be able to complain about it apart from the fact that odds are the innocents would be living in inhumane conditions.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:15PM

    @Frank:
    Strange comment!. Look yourselves into the mirror. When ” Pakistan Peoples Party” stands for election in “Azad Kashmir”, the Pakistanis give up their right to call Kashmir “disputed region”.Recommend

  • khan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:46PM

    look who is talking. the big terrorist country in world. and a khaya mal PAKISTANRecommend

  • patel
    Jun 28, 2011 - 3:37PM

    @khan:
    you r wrong India is the biggest terrorist country, India’s state terrorism still going on in Kashmir, the terrorist involved in Gujarat and 1984 Punjab genocide are in India’s parliament.Recommend

  • NJ
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:30PM

    @human Being: good question but will not be a terrorist or support terrorism;

    Dear MO : typical Pakistani, this can defeat that and we have atom bombs more than India and all nonsense; the country is not great by military power, is great in the sense when it garners respect and when its people outside can say that they are from Pakistan (and the listener knows where is it!!)Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Dear Sir, The point is Army and Politics. Leaving your deslike towards India aside, do’nt your good self feel that the politics is not the field where any Army of a democratic country should indulge. It is not their field to decide the foreign policy or even domestic policies like making or breaking political alliances nor are they to indulge in businesses like running marriage halls or other businesses. Do not for a minute think that my comments are driven by hate but as true well wisher. regards @Frank: Recommend

  • sukhjeven
    Jun 28, 2011 - 6:33PM

    @patel: The abuse of Sikh women was and is widespread in Punjab. Mothers, wives and children of Sikh nation were considered legitimate targets. Indian army and other security agencies raped thousands of sikh women in opration shudi karan 1984. The butchers and rapers who were responsible for these tragedies are still in the police force today. They are now high ranking officersRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:11PM

    @patel:
    Yes! perhaps and you are a convert with hatred!!! But India does not have daily occurances of suicide bombers chasing their virgins and causing mayhem and casualties across the country!!!
    Do bear in mind that these actually are the Esteemed Guests of the Country!!!
    Some Rulers and its Army!! Who actually allow these atrocities to be commited on their turf, and yet sit and watch the mayhem while twiddling their thumbs as they have amoured BMWs to travel in!!!!
    These are their Stratigic Assets!!Recommend

  • afghan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:06PM

    @Fayyaz:
    mind your language dear, we should be well aware of the fact that non other than pakistan and its hypocratic agencies have been busy in destroying afghanistan. It’s no more a hidden fact now. Pakistan wil never have the guts and intentions to see a free afghanistan. Who were mujahideen, wher were the arms depot located, who brought the talibans, who was mullah umar, who granted the roots to US to destroy the innocent nation of afghanistan… Let’s accept that we’re the most doubled standard. All those bllod suckers of afghans wil be held accountable in the hereafter inshallah….Recommend

  • patel
    Jun 29, 2011 - 4:35AM

    @Hedgefunder:
    r u out of ur mind, im talking about Indian terrorism not suicide bombers, India is the mother of terrorism, read the history, indian security agencies are involved in massacring minorities in india, and exporting terrorism, its crimes against humanity are greater, this place will not be enough to show glimpse of india’s crime and terror. Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 29, 2011 - 7:11AM

    @patel: First thing there is no need to use indian(gujrati) surname. Do indians remind you about karachi operation in 1992? Do indians remind you your army’s operation in Bangladesh against democraticaly elected government? Today entire world has many things against you that is why there is no need to remind you. :)Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 29, 2011 - 11:39AM

    @patel:
    So now you are teaching us the differance between your defination of suicide bomber and other terrorists!!!!
    I don’t know what you are reading and where did you develop this concept from but last i look around, i don’t recall India being at heart of terrorism, but rather a victim of the neighbour’s adventures in the region..

    Rock::: thank you for pointing the fact out, as its going to be difficult to enlighten such a lost and confused soul as to their own identity or the reality in the world!Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 12:44PM

    @Rock: Dear Sir, You have again avoided the point that should Army of a democratic country indulge in foreign policy,internal politcs and business adventure? What ever and where ever the Indian Army has done things the actions were ordered by the Civil Govt of India elected by citizens of the country and not decided by the Indian Army chiefs.Army is the arm of a country and not its head. PleaseRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 29, 2011 - 1:06PM

    @VINOD:
    Yes you right, however you are discussing the Pak Army and its been ingrained into the Pak People that they are the lords ! They are not to be questioned and be allowed to do as they please, as they are the defenders of the Land of Pure!!!!
    Don’t forget that these muppets have ruled the country for over half of its independant life!!!! Recommend

  • Manna
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:38PM

    @Tony Singh:
    TO you I will just say one thing ” Have you forgotten Golden Temple Sikh Holocaust” by the hands of your own Terrorist Indian Army’? And yet you have this Fake face to lecture others about Army ? I am quite surprised that you don’t even care about the Operation Blue Star? I don’t think You are even a true Singh Mr. Fake Singh.
    GOLDEN TEMPLE GOLDEN TEMPLE GOLDEN TEMPLE>? Whoever RSS terrorist Hides behind this Tony Singh must come out and don’t be coward. We promise We will say nothing to him. Common .. do it…Now..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:43PM

    @Hedgefunder and Rock
    India is the mother of terrorism read ur history, no neighbouring country is safe from indian terror. u you can hide ur real names but we can recognise u with ur evil desires and thoughtsRecommend

  • fh
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:55PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    don’t you want to say anything about Indian army, the operation Shudi Karan, code name for the operation to change Sikh caste, Indian army raped thousands of Sikh women during this operation. its the Indian army only who can go that far. Indian people think these rapers and killers are their defenders who killed raped and massacred their own people throughout their history.Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Thanks. It is such a contrast from the comments I face from people who hardly distinguish between faith and blind faith in any reasonable discussion. Mostly abusive language is their only reaction. Such people are not the well wishers of their country. No institution is perfect but atleast the citizens should discuss openly to improve. @Hedgefunder: Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 6:58PM

    @Mirza:
    you need to read more regularly, or alternatively use google. EAch and every one of the infiltrations by hundreds of Afghan ‘militants’ dressed and equipped as soldiers, was reported in the media, on news channels and condemned by both the army and pakistan’s civilian administration…………..That the protest should have been louder and more direct, I would fully endorse.Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 7:01PM

    @Ho:
    Pakistan made several attempts to start a wall or barrier on the AFghan border, during Musharraf’s tenure. However, this plan was vetoed every time by the Americans/Afghans.Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 7:06PM

    @VINOD:
    stop your condescending attitude…go and read comments on indian sites like TOI and rediff, then you’ll know the difference between a pakistan and an indian.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Everytime a single soldier killed by NATO or Afghars & then Pak Army alongwith Puppet Govt. become so annoyed, & showing so much bravo; giving ultimatums to their God father & NATO? Why we cannot see this courage daily when Pakistani people are genocide by these Attackers? Is Pak Army defending Pakistan or Only Pak Army???Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:14PM

    @DarkStar(Karachi):
    LOL!!!!1 Come on ! Old chap, it has never been in the interest of Pak Army to do anything except make situation worse in Afghanistan as this was their route to Importance and Aid!!!
    Forget building walls as its simply not practical, as you know it and i too, however they could have stopped the mess and congregation of these outfits in NW way back !! If they really wanted to, however like i said this Institution has historically lacked vision and Indulged in Afghanistan for over last 3 decades.
    Answer me this, who created and endorsed Taleban???
    Who maintained contact with OBL and his network???
    Now tell me why???? What was really in it for Pakistan to do so, apart from watching its own society radicalised and innocent people being blown up across the country?????Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 29, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @Pakistani: I don’t hide things. I am an indian and that’s my identity. forget India and Indians. Look at the world and listen to them what the other countries are talking about pakistan. Recommend

  • G.A.
    Jun 30, 2011 - 8:25PM

    Who are these people to advise our country and our Army. If these people are such a well wishers of Pakistan and humanity then why dont they clear their own mess first and then come to argue with other nation’s problems. These wickedly disguised people themselves have no ground to open their mouth on what they are continuously doing with poor Kasmiries, to give only a current example and if not to talk about past.Recommend

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