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ISAF investigating Pakistani shelling

ISAF investigating Pakistani shelling

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Sep 27, 2011 - 15:26

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) is probing Pakistaninfo-icon's artillery shelling into eastern Afghanistaninfo-icon, a spokesman for the NATOinfo-icon-led force said on Tuesday.

Afghan officials have accused the Pakistani Army of firing around 600 rockets into Kunar and Nuristan provinces, causing loss of life and property and displacing hundreds of families.

An investigating team was established to assess Pakistan’s artillery barrage into the two provinces, Carsten Jacobson told Pajhwok Afghan News. Jacobson said the areas pounded by Pakistani forces were far-flung and needed a minute probe.

He added they did not have exact reports and would take the required measures after receiving final findings. "We are making every effort to support the Afghan National Security Force (ANSFinfo-icon) on the issue."

They are strictly monitoring Afghanistan's borders and knew what was going on there, according to the spokesman, who said they would stake out their stance on the border flare-up after the probe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday and told him to ask his government to immediately stop the shelling.

The Ministry of Defence also expressed concerns over the attacks and warned it was ready for a tit-for-tat response if Pakistan did not stop the barrage.

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