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Govt, world community asked to stop Pakistani attacks

Govt, world community asked to stop Pakistani attacks

Oct 09, 2011 - 20:03

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Some members of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon, the upper house of Parliament, on Sunday asked the Afghan government and international community to stop rocket attacks into Afghanistaninfo-icon from Pakistaninfo-icon.

From the start of 2011, Pakistani soldiers sporadically fired rockets across the border, inflicting casualties and forcing people to flee their homes.

Reports say that Pakistani soldiers also attacked two districts of Kunar province on Saturday. Pakistani rockets landing in the Dangam and Nari districts of this eastern province left six people wounded and 50 cattle killed.

Though the Afghan government has repeatedly asked Pakistani officials to stop the shelling, it continues, said Rafiullah Haideri, a senator from Kunar province. Afghanistan must react to the shelling and if it cannot do so then it should evacuate Kunar residents to other provinces, he said.

However, Abdul Hanan Haqwayun, a senator from Paktia province, said that the US government was behind the recent attacks from Pakistan. "America tells Pakistan to attack Afghanistan so that Afghanistan will sign the strategic cooperation agreement with the US," he said.

The US government sent a draft of the agreement some months ago to the Afghan government, which then resent it to the US with some conditions.

An end to nighttime military operations, the imposition of strict restrictions on international soldiers to avoid harming civilians and the legalisation of their presence in Afghanistan are some of the conditions the government had mentioned in the draft.

Haqwayun said that America's ambitions would not be realized. "US government you should realize that Pakistan is our enemy and if you support my enemy, you are also my enemy," he said. The US embassy in Kabul could not be reached for comment.

Another senator, Hedayatullah Rihayee from central Bamyan province, said that if Afghan soldiers were trained and equipped well then no country could attack Afghanistan.

He called for better equipment and training for Afghan forces.

The Ministry of Defence had previously said that Afghan soldiers would retaliate if Pakistan did not stop the shelling. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had on the other hand summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul over the issue.

Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan Sadiq Khan last week told reporters that his country's soldiers were not intentionally firing rockets into Afghan soil.

He said militants were crossing the border to carry out attacks in Pakistan and that Pakistani soldiers were firing on insurgents returning to Afghanistan.


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