ISLAMABAD: Director General (DG) Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Athar Abbas said on Tuesday that the army and Frontier Corps (FC) had been sent to areas bordering Afghanistan to stop militant attacks.
Talking to Radio Pakistan, Abbas said Pakistan will not allow militants to carry out attacks on the people and check posts in the area.
DG ISPR said that about 100 personnel of police, levies and paramilitary forces have so far been martyred in militant attacks from across the border during the last few months.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was informed about these attacks but no action has so far been taken, he added.
Abbas said that there seems to be no presence of Afghan army or ISAF in the vast area from where militants were operating against Pakistan.
He said about 37 security personnel were martyred in the Chitral attack, which was the first such attack and a matter of great concern for Pakistan.
(Read: “Cross-border attack: 26 security personnel killed in Chitral”)
Abbas also said that Dir was most affected by militant attacks and that terrorist groups fleeing from Swat were involved in these attacks.
He said Pakistan had strengthened all border check posts and increased their numbers in Dir.
Abbas said militants had safe havens in the Kunar, Nooristan and Nangarhar areas of Afghanistan and there were no security forces present there.
It seems that the militants are being supported locally and operating freely, he said.
He said Pakistan cannot an launch operation across the border. He also mentioned that the issue had been taken up with the Afghan Army personnel and ISAF, but no effective operation against the militants had been seen.
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So why can’t we launch an attack over the border inside Afghanistan? Pakistan army is one of the great army in the world
@tahir Ullah: "salam! I think that we should strengthen our eastern and western borders and send message to the enemies of pakistan that we have the ability to break your teeth.
Actions speak louder than words. The drones come daily and cross Pak border. The Parliament even passed resolution against drones in May. What has happened? Nothing. What happened after May 2 ? Nothing. Pak army talks big but when it comes to actually protecting its people's lives, its record is not very strong. In fact the lives of a lot of Pakistani soldiers were put at risk by unnecessary wars that Pakistan started with India and did not gain anything from them.
It only succeeds when bullying its own populace whether the Bengalis in 1971 or Swat. Don't get me wrong, it was necessary to confront the Taliban in Swat. But who let them become so strong? IT was under army dictator Musharraf's watch. Also no country bombs its own citizens the way army bombed Swat. There was so much destruction and millions of Swatis lives were disrupted and the terrorists simply melted away and hid in the mountains.
Look at how Kashmiri non-state actors and Maoists are being confronted by Indian security. Action is taken against specific people involved in terror. This creates more casualties for army but civilian collateral damage is less.
Good for the Pak military. It's about time that the army teaches these Indian puppets at Kabul to stop sending their criminals to Pakistan to innocent civilians.
I understand that we are in a tight spot with US aid, the security of our people, our interests in Afghanistan and South and Central Asia, our relationships with China and India and US and a weak democratic government all jumbled up into a disordered blob, but we must take a strong stance right now. Make it clear to the US that we also need them to stop cross border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan.I am abroad at the moment and although most people are nice enough to not openly start accusing you, they do think that Pakistan is in someways involved in exporting terrorism. And we need to improve this image. Our leadership is weak and incompetent and seriously, i think Hina Khar is better at diplomacy and more renowned than the extremely feeble and weak personalities of our prime minister and president. Pakistan needs to stress her concerns and plans to the wider world. There is a reason we didn't get aid from countries during the floods; foreigners don't trust our government and our people. Speak out. Tell them that we are the victims and not the oppressors or terrorists. It's not a dangerously strong military or the US or the corrupt and weak politicians that are our biggest problem. It's us: our lack of interest in our country's situation and our lack of ambition to do something about it. The army should have cordoned off the Durand line eons ago, but still it's better late than never...send more army personnel there! NOW!
So, PAK army is going to attack US in Afghanistan with US supplied weapons - interesting!
Why does Pakistan have these border posts? They have never been effective at controlling militants crossing the border and now they have become targets. Perhaps the solution is to abandon the facade of border security and eliminate them.
So why can't we launch an attack over the border inside Afghanistan? If its a question of violating afghan sovereignty then i say we have every right to get even....
More Heavily armed Infantry units should be raised for PA... PA has threats from both east and west.
Raise 1 infantry core backed by mix of SP and heavy mortar groups stationed in Bannu or DI Khan.
I am cynical I think it is either a plan to grab some of Afghanistan’s land with the permission of Americans or ISAF or to test the new strategic treaty between India and Afghanistan. Stay tuned
Why defence? why not offence?Don't fool us putting them in the category of "militants" or others,they are just Afghans and we are Pakistanisstrong text* .This"Muslim brother nation" has never been loyal to Pakistan, go through their leaders statements since our independence,they have been showing rancorous behavior . what ever we will do for them they will bite at our back.they are not even thankful to us for their refugees in camps to whom this poor nation has been feeding for some decades.Now America is at their back to teach us a lesson.Now they are gaining strength from American .America is playing dual game.Hypocrites need to be taught a few lessons.*
Couple of Corps should be raised from tribal areas to seal the Pak Afghan border. It would also provide jobs to poor tribals
Finally! Thank God . . . .Daer aye durst aye . . .better late than never!
The statement says "Abbas said Pakistan will not allow militants to carry out attacks on the people"
Did the establishment wake up just now? What has been going on for months and years? What has changed now, and why should we believe this?
well.Pakistani authorities must make it clear to afghanistan and Nato that they must do more if they really are after terrorists.and that the lives of pakistani people are just as important as americans.do more or else....
salam! I think that we should strengthen our eastern and western borders and send message to the enemies of pakistan that we have the ability to break your teeth.
Good Job army! 'ISAF/NATO are either incompetent or INVOLVED'. (just like they talk about PA)