Pakistan accuses 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing border, sparking clash

By AFP
Published: July 2, 2012
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Pakistani officials accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing into Pakistani territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Pakistani officials accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing into Pakistani territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

PESHAWAR: Pakistani officials accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers on Monday of crossing into Pakistani territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman.

It was the latest in a series of escalating cross-border attacks reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are inflaming tensions along the porous border as NATO prepares to end its combat mission against the Taliban in 2014.

In Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt, security officials said two tribesmen were killed in Upper Kurram district in clashes with 60 Afghan army soldiers.

Another tribesman was also wounded “after they traded fire with Afghan army soldiers on seeing them inside Pakistani territory,” a senior official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The clashes lasted for more than 90 minutes after which security forces were sent to the area on the Afghan border, he said.

Local residents said the Afghans were pursuing attackers fleeing Shehar-e-Nau village in Paktia province.

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security intelligence agency said cross-border fire had killed four people, including a woman and a child, and wounded six others, in the last week.

Both countries blame each other for harbouring Taliban fighters active on both sides of their 2,400 kilometre border, fanning distrust between Kabul and Islamabad, and complicating a peace process in Afghanistan.

Kabul threatened to report Islamabad to the UN Security Council over what it alleges is the shelling of villages, while Islamabad said it would protest formally to Kabul against the latest incursion.

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  • KillerAnt
    Jul 2, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Afghan soldiers have attacked our forces disguised as militants before. Good to see Pakistan is finally starting to acknowledge open involvement of Afghan government in supporting terrorists.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jul 2, 2012 - 6:46PM

    either dont report such incidents, or hit them hard and show proof that they were crossing the limit. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 2, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Pakistan wants Afghan and NATO to do a better job of hunting terrorist on the border — but Pakistan also has a reputation for shooting at both NATO and Afghan troops – go figure.

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  • KillerAnt
    Jul 2, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @Cautious, Pakistani troops have never entered Afghan territory and opened fire on Afghans. Crazy trolls…..

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  • Amused
    Jul 2, 2012 - 8:16PM

    @killerant – you did not read @cautious’ post properly. He clearly said “shooting at” – shelling by Pakistan of Afgan villages along the border area is well documented – even by this paper. Looks to me that the Afgans were trying to deal with criminal terrorists on their side – which is what Pakistan has been demanding – and followed them when they fled onto Pakistan. Why werent the Afgans able to call on Pak military for support? If you will have peace in that area both sides will have to work together. Both sides should want to capture/stop those who kill women & children. Time you started working together.

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jul 2, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @KillerAnt: Because Afghans dont know the word Sovereignty But Pakistanis know and that is why Pakistani Army dont have any Intention of entering into Afghanistan but reckless Afghans can as for them Rules dont exist either in the country or in the rules of engagement with other countries.Recommend

  • KillerAnt
    Jul 2, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @Amused, shelling is a different issue, why is it that Pakistani troops never cross into Afghanistan while chasing militants? It is clear Afghan soldiers deliberately crossed border and attacked the tribal lashkar.

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  • Amused
    Jul 2, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @killerant – So what’s a little cross border shelling between friends, but come into my yard and I will be upset! I repeat – start working together to address your common problems.Recommend

  • Afghanistan
    Jul 2, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Mr Villager,
    So shame for you for talking about Sovereignty. If you you know about sovereignty, Your president Mr musharaf provided all kind of assistance to US to bombard your Islamic neighbour which you wouldnt think violating our country’s sovereighnty. As you dont have prolong history you dont know how to live peacefuly with your neighbours. You have problem with all your neighbour such as India, Afghanistan, Iran and now china as well becuase china also compalined about millintants a short while ago who got training in pakistan and entered china. I think it is better for pakistan to be socialised with its neighbours so that the whol region will take sigh of peace.Recommend

  • Jul 2, 2012 - 9:51PM

    A planned mission being carried out.

    Visiting authorities from The united States expressed that
    many terrorists attacks in Afghanistan are proposed,financed
    and plotted in Pakistan and carried out by extremists who comes
    across the porous border.

    They alleged that Pakistan has failed to control over the terrorists
    operating in side Afghanistan so America is running out of its patience.

    Keeping in mind all the scenario,a common mind come to the conclusion that
    war strategy has been changed and adopted new ways leading to compelling
    Pakistan combine down their demands

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  • Tit-for-Tat
    Jul 3, 2012 - 1:54AM

    Now you understand how all your neighbors feel!

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  • Usman Khalid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:13AM

    @roadkashehzada:
    you want a HD video of those crossing the border? thanks for you real sadak (road) ka intellectual

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jul 8, 2012 - 12:23PM

    @Usman Khalid:
    no thanx, low quality mobile footage like we get for our soldiers getting slaughtered or the one after salala attack will do.

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