Cross-border attacks: Army, FC sent to areas bordering Afghanistan

Abbas says militants will not be allowed to carry out attacks on Pakistani people and check posts.


October 18, 2011

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.

COMMENTS (17)

Send gifts to pakistan | 9 years ago | Reply

So why can’t we launch an attack over the border inside Afghanistan? Pakistan army is one of the great army in the world

rehmat | 9 years ago | Reply

@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.

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