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Senate, too, denounces attacks from Pakistan

Senate, too, denounces attacks from Pakistan

Jun 28, 2011 - 17:34

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Following in the footsteps of lower house members, senators on Tuesday strongly condemned cross-border attacks from Pakistaninfo-icon into Afghanistaninfo-icon's eastern provinces.

So far 41 people, including 12 children, have been killed and 45 others wounded in missile and rocket attacks from Pakistan into several villages in eastern Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. Hundreds of families have fled their homes in panic.

But Pakistan on Monday denied it had fired rockets and missiles into Afghanistan. The country's military said not a single rocket had intentionally been fired into Afghanistan.

First Deputy Secretary of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon Mohammad Alam Ezidyar, who is also chairman of the Senate's Complaints Commission, told a press conference in Kabul that the government should immediately take measures to prevent the cross-border attacks.

Speaking on behalf of members of the Parliament’s upper house, or Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon, Ezidyar said that if Pakistan did not stop the attacks, Afghan forces should launch reprisal attacks.

He said that a seven-member Senate commission led by Senator Zabuli would travel to eastern Kunar province on Wednesday to investigate losses of life and property there.

"I wonder why the government is reluctant to launch retaliatory attacks and why Pakistan denies the fact," he said.


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