Counter-terrorism: General Kayani warns Afghanistan against cross-border activities

Published: October 7, 2011
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Kayani made this statement during the joint Pak-Saudi miitary training program at Mangla. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE

Kayani made this statement during the joint Pak-Saudi miitary training program at Mangla. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani issued a warning to Afghanistan on Thursday to stop cross-border activities in Pakistan.

Addressing a Pak-Saudi joint military exercise programme in Mangla, Kayani asserted that no such activities would be tolerated and that Pakistan “possesses the capability to respond to any situation”.

Last month, Pakistan lodged a formal protest with the Afghan government over cross-border attacks emanating from Kunar and Nuristan  provinces in Afghanistan  against Pakistani check posts.

During the address, the Army chief said the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share a deep and strong friendship, adding that the objective of the ongoing joint exercises was to improve counter-terrorism.

Kayani also said that military operations were not the ideal solution for every problem, adding that the global community was well aware of this fact.

Military exercise

The Pak-Saudi joint military exercises were part of a larger attempt to provide the opportunity to troops from both sides to benefit from each other’s training experiences. Kayani and the Saudi chief were also present to monitor the exercises.

During the session, armed forces from both countries successfully carried out training drills to improve and enhance counter-terrorism strategies. The drill is part of three-week joint military exercise programme which aims at sharing information through inclusive training. The session will also include collective training at the unit and brigade level to observe drills and procedures in low intensity conflict operations.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.

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  • Ashraf P
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:53PM

    “Stop cross border activites…”
    I hope it was said with a straight face.

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  • AD
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:54PM

    ha ha..everyone knows it.. wt was the purpose of suo moto?? Recommend

  • call me crazy
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:00PM

    i like this game of passing the parcel
    pakistan—->india——>afghanistan——->pakistan…………………Recommend

  • rizwan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:00PM

    good job by Pak. Army

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  • Waqas Qudrat
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:17PM

    About time the army stands against the Afghan govt.Let this be the start of the end of suffering of the people of Pakistan. Afghan government quick to play political games and blaming Pakistan and the ISI before going to india, let there be military action from Pak against Afghan militants, and force the international community to respect the efforts of Pakistan Army and the sacrifices of the Pakistani citizens, as it is clear right now that no matter what Pakistan dose in this fight it still comes on top as the under dog…

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  • vasan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:56PM

    HmHmHm : Let me recollect what was Pak/Pak army’s reply when India made similar complaints in Kashmir, Kargil etc .. I got it , It is “Non state actors” . Isnt it.

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  • Ali syed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Pak military should make more asserted steps towards hypocratic afghanistan & hypocrtic Karzai govt

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  • Ram
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:14PM

    Same as what India has been telling Pakistan with no result.

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  • Skin Taj
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:15PM

    Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said on Thursday that Pakistan expects Afghanistan to demonstrate maturity.

    Janjua says Pakistan seeks friendly ties with Afghanistan, rooted in common history, culture and tradition. She says this is no time for “point-scoring, playing politics or grandstanding.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:18PM

    He said that military operations are
    not the ideal solution for every
    problem,

    Especially when problem is one of the “strategic assets”.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Kayani should first stop cross-border terrorism at LoC in Kashmir and only then deliver sermons to Afghanistan.

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  • Niaz Hussain Shah
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Let there be no doubt that Pakistan is not a weak country and our brave armed services are capable of defending its soil.
    Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kiani’s message is loud and clear for those living across the borders of Pakistan. Whole nation is behind their armed forces and we are united to face any aggression or challenge. We have the means, will and capability to face any challenge.
    Afghani forces and their groups attacked Pakistani area several time. Pakistan has responded to their attacks. Shocking element is that NATO forces do not stop this anti Pakistan cross border terror activities. That means USA is encouraging these terror activities. TTP has moved their headquarter to Afghanistan and they are attacking Pakistan from there. Why isn’t USA and NATO is doing anything to stop them. USA should DO MORE to curb these terrorists and STOP playing DOUBLE GAME.
    We want peace in our region. We want to maintain good and cordial relations with our neighbors. We want a safe and prosperous Afghanistan. But Afghanistan is playing in enemies hands. Pakistan has protested many times and asked Afghan government to control cross border activities against Pakistan. But it seems that all our requests and protests are falling on deaf ea

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  • Amjad
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Right on. It’s high time that we give the Afghanis an ultimatum that they stop working as lackeys of India to send criminals to Pakistan. Now more than ever ,it’s time to seal the border with Afghanistan.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Takes some gall to make such a statement after ignoring Afghan/NATO constant complaints for the last ten years. I doubt the Afghans have any sympathy – for that matter I doubt anyone outside of Pakistan has any sympathy for Pakistan on this matter.

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  • Lobe
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:56PM

    look who is talking

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  • Patrick
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:14PM

    ‘Kiyani said the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share a deep and strong friendship.
    ‘ do they also share a stone age mentality, repression of women and minorities and a warped interpretation of Islam?

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  • Babloo
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Drill against terrorist hideouts , coming from those that run the largest number of terrorist training camps in the world !

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  • omg!
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:48PM

    @patrick
    LoL!

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  • Abdul Mateen
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:57PM

    joint war games with a country we should stay away for the sake of cleaning our country of extremism.

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  • Menon
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @Amjad:

    Lackeys of India? Blame game started. You guys need to get a life of your own instead trying to live lives of others in the neighborhood. Start by taking care of law and order in Pakistan, taking care flood victims, focusing on education and social welfare instead telling others to mature. How can you people ask someone else to be mature? You people are worse than unruly kids.

    Feeling of you grandeur has no basis, Pakistan is not liked by anyone including China and Saudi Arabia. Recommend

  • Grace
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Time to seal the border with Afghanistan and teach them a lesson. They have been involved in all manner of terrorism for their Indian masters against Pakistan. Good for Kayani!

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Lets Kill the Cancer of terrorism in our own country and drop our outdated policy of strategic depth – this will solve our problems and those of our neighbours

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  • Adam West
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:35PM

    @Vasan – LOC is not a border. Not the same thing…..

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  • Version 2.0
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:43PM

    @Grace: Great idea, let us seal all the borders including eastern border, how about that ? That way no terrorists will sneak in …right ? But wait if we do that , how will we push our strategic assets on the other side to fight for our favorite craving called Kashmir …hmmmm. nah bad idea. Lets keep that border open even though we vehemently agree that India is our bigger enemy. So why are we closing the border with Afghanistan again ? And which side of the border will north wazaristan the home of haqqanis will be ?????? hmmm…..who cares. Strategic assets are free to live within the sealed border we will create. So all our beloved ones caged in one big wall larger than great wall of china. Nice idea. Serves two purpose besides isolation, one – it will be a major attraction in world, two it will protect us. Guess what lets make the border wall so thick and grandiose that the whole outline of Pakistan should be visible from space. At least will help aliens attacking the earth to identify and avoid Pakistan. They dare not. Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:05PM

    As Pakistan tells India often, “Its the non-state actors, fellows”.

    The shoe is on the other foot now. How ironic is that!Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:40PM

    Lets forget Afghanistan and save Pakistan. Seal the border and tell US that it should fight its own war and we will fight ours. Blame game and parcels passing are mere rhetoric. Its time we put our own house in order. Its terrible to save strategic depth at the cost of losing own country and identity. Save Pakistan please, its high time.

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  • Noor
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:30PM

    I do agree with this view tht there are many countries involved in exporting terrorist material in to Pakistan..we all know tht terrorist groups originated from ‘Arabia’ .or watever…which is simply ferocious ..
    right now we are not in the situation to ‘blame’ other nations for ‘our’ Present situation..
    we must stand against putrid rules and policies and must end them as soon as possible

    OUR WAR IS NOT WITH INDIA ..USA ..OR AFGHANISTAN …IT’S WITH THEIR BIASED POLICIES…OUR STRATEGIC LOCATION IS FORCING US TO FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM …OTHER WISE IT WAS NOT OUR ‘ISSUE’ (IN MY OPINION)
    WE MUST CONTROL + PROTECT ‘OUR’ BORDERS
    (we must not trust any1 right now..same mistakes can not be repeated)

    SO BRING IT ON : INSH’A ALLAH WE WILL FIGHT THIS TIME FOR OURSELVES..FOR OUR LAND AND OUR DIGNITY..we have to stand untied in the same way as we did when we were declared as first ‘MUSLIM’ nation to have Nuclear power! that was a result of hard work and unity (which included public + our state bank + government officials= PAKISTANIS)

    karzai ..NEEDS REST ….. :D such a gossip girl…!

    GOOD LUCK MY PAK ARMY <3Recommend

  • Bigboy
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:43PM

    @Adam West, Sorry neither is the Durand Line a border. It is just an artificial line dividing Pakhtoonistan

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  • Bipul Rajput
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:13AM

    The Afghans are not going to stop cross border raids until the question of Pashtunistan is settled. Settlement of the Pashtunistan issue in accordance to the wishes of the Afghan people is a must for lasting peace in South Asia. The British illegally carved up Afghanistan and the historical wrong must be righted.

    Pakistan played the game of Kashmir, Afghans will play the game of Pashtunistan.

    Have fun.

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  • bilal ahsan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:28AM

    cheif sahab we are with Pakistan arm forces will support them in any situation… Pakistan zindabad…..

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  • vasan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:33AM

    Adam West : Which world are u in. Does your LOC extend upto Mumbai ??

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  • Nate Gupta
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:02AM

    Stop cross-border terrorism? Deja vu, Mr. Kayani. Only this time you are at the receiving end. It would be real funny if Afghanistan Govt. tells him in straight words that they provide only moral support to terrorists and all the terrorist activities are being done by non-state actors :D :D

    It’s called Karma, Mr. :) What goes around comes around!

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  • Romm
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:48AM

    Sealing of Pak-Afghan for just one day will Shut the mouths of Petty Karzai. Let US to leave Afghanistan and Karzai’s Fate would be worst than Najeeb ullah. Indians Won’t get back the dead bodies of Their so-called trainers. Let last contingent of US army to leave Kabul, indian,s motivation to dominate region will fade away within days like Northern Alliance met its fate in 1991.Recommend

  • Naseer
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:34AM

    look who’s talking about cross-border activities. LOL, isn’t its us who’s every tom and dick wish to conquer afghanistan?

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  • mustafa
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:57AM

    india should stop training camps in afghanistan.india is recruiting terrorists in afghanistan.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:53PM

    Once Mr.Riaz Khokar,in a talk show, very aptly said that we should not trust Karzai ,he is a snake in the grass. It is known to all & sundry that Karzai is keeping his Dollars in Indian banks,hence friendship.In cross-border attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan has the support of India,Nato & Americans.

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  • Noor
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:15PM

    I am from Pakistan and with such a shame I must say that Pakistan is responsible for the instability in the region. In Pakistan view, stable Afghanistan is not in benefit for Pakistan, why:

    Afghan wars are fought through Pakistan (billions $ game)
    3 trillion $ per year heroin is exported from Pakistan, sure we have share in it besides others.
    Durand line issue, stable Afghanistan will demand their part which is Pakistan now like Quetta and Peshawar.
    Sincere Pakistan should join India in signing agreement with Afghanistan to help them in all walks of life, enough is enough of double games and crushing of Pashtoons on both sides of the border.
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  • Noor
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:21PM

    @Grace:
    It is time we (Afghans) erase the durand line and take back more than half of Pakistan which is British Mr. Durand made as part of Pakistan for 100 years only to divide the fierce fighting Pashtoon nation. Refresh your history. If we can defend our selves against US and Soviets, we sure can do that against any one who dares.Recommend

  • Noor Afghan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:27PM

    We can be best friends or worst enemies, you choose. If we want to be friends with India so be it, don’t get upset. India will export us telecom and software people and companies, can you do the same then be our guest. Paksitan is dreaming for 100% puppet government here. We are proud nation and great history, just can’t be puppets.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:04PM

    @Romm:
    If that happens, rest assured we Indians know how to take care of ourselves and the guys like you. Rest assured on that score. We have done that in the past, we can do that in future too.

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  • Pakistani first
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:10PM

    @Noor:
    What makes you think that the Pakistani Pashtoon want to be a part of Afghanistan. Stop dreaming son.

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  • Noor (Pakistani)
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:24PM

    First u r saying tht u r from pak then u r writing ‘we (Afghans) lol ..really didn’t get ur point…
    + get ur facts right … Y will stable ‘Afghanistan’ demand for our land..
    we gave them refuge & shelter…if they are settled over there so it doesn’t mean tht Pakistan will break in to pieces in order to make silly karzai happy !

    + don’t compare aghanistan’s situation wid Pakistan coz both r in a complete different situation ! Afghanistan is still wid USA and ur leader have openly declared and showed tht he is a puppet of USA ..his blames on Pakistan is a conspiracy against dignity of Pakistan ..
    India must be ur great ‘ Big brother ‘ bcoz India is the largest donor ov Afghanistan but in our case..our history is simply opposite ..we can never side wid them politically , though v still respect India as our neighbor !
    Karzai apparently went to ask for donations but in actual it was a political Plan ..which in future can be against Pakistan!
    And I am wid my army against such actions !Recommend

  • Lahori
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:06AM

    To the comments editor at ET:

    Allowing commentators to keep names of serving high-profile officials such as this commentator calling himself “Gen Pasha (retd)” is against the code of conduct of any sensible media outlet’s journalistic ethos and bias. There should be no permission of letting anyone keep the names of ANY real official in the politics especially the military because these tend to create confusion at large. Kindly take note before I send a complaint to the ISPR.

    With good intentions.Recommend

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