Kabul blames Pakistan for cross-border shelling

Published: July 23, 2012
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Afghan official says such attacks will have negative impact on Pak-Afghan ties. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Afghan official says such attacks will have negative impact on Pak-Afghan ties. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Afghanistan on Sunday alleged that hundreds of shells and rockets were fired into their country from Pakistan, which hit homes and killed four civilians along border areas, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.

The report said the Afghan government has not yet openly blamed the Pakistani military for the artillery barrage which reportedly hit the eastern provinces of Nuristan and Kunar.

In the latest allegations of cross-border violation, Afghan officials claimed that nearly 400 rockets and shells were fired into Afghanistan on Saturday and killed at least four people in Dangam district along the border, according to Kunar provincial police chief Gen Ewaz Mohammad Naziri.

He said those attacks and others in nearby Nuristan had led to hundreds of families fleeing the area. However, the information could not be independently verified because the area is largely off-limits to reporters, according to AP.

Kabul’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai told AP: “We believe that the continuation of such rocket attacks will have a negative impact on the friendly relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

President Hamid Karzai discussed the issue of artillery fire coming from Pakistan at a weekly meeting of his national security council, a statement said. It added that Karzai ordered an in-depth investigation into the attacks.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • amalgam
    Jul 23, 2012 - 11:17AM

    Its looking like signs of war between afgan national army and janbaazzz pak fauz in near future.

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  • A J Khan
    Jul 23, 2012 - 12:27PM

    More rockets should trace the route of infiltrators and TTP suppot base in Afghanistan.

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  • Jul 23, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Both sides have complaints with reservations but not clear their mind that what is going on who is behind the scene.

    It is widely known that Shawal and other such areas bordering Pakistan are safe havens of insurgents and on the other hand Kunar and noristan other like areas where Afghan terrorists have their permanent suncturies ,they unanimously targets both side

    It has become essential for all the allies ,change just change war strategy and save the innocent people for insurgent’s merciless activities.

    There are terrorists,insurgents,extremists islamists and freedom fighters.Through Pakistan
    Unites States and Afghan popup government negotiations must be started without any delay that is favorable for all the stake holders.otherwise carnage would spread decade long distance.

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  • Jul 23, 2012 - 7:36PM

    New war strategy has become dire need of the time.
    Look around defeat is smiling standing at some distance.

    be seated around the negotiation table be found solution
    put a stumbling block in the way of increasing insurgency.

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  • Jul 23, 2012 - 10:02PM

    No command and control,
    no diplomacy,helpless poor people,
    God bless you.

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