ISAF spurns Pak notifications on border crossings
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday rejected as incorrect recent allegations that the Pakistani military had notified it 52 times that insurgent elements were crossing the border.
“Whenever the Pakistani military has requested assistance, ISAF immediately dispatched the appropriate force to deal with the issue,” the alliance said in a statement.
It promised ISAF would continue to take seriously every Pakistani military report of cross-border movement and would assist whenever and wherever possible in the spirit of improving relations with the Pakistani military.
“We have many shared interests, including our respective commitments to coordinated action against the cross-border attacks of the Haqqani terrorists from North Waziristan who threaten Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the region, of supporting Afghanistan’s security, stability, and efforts towards reconciliation, and of continuing to work together to advance the many other shared interests we have, from increasing trade and investment to strengthening our people-to-people ties,” the statement said.
The alliance renewed its commitment to working together with Pakistan on these and other issues on the basis of mutual interest and respect. “We should pursue a relationship that is enduring, strategic, carefully defined, and that enhances the security and prosperity of the region,” the statement concluded.
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