Pakistan hands demarche to Afghan envoy
Four soldiers of the Frontier Corps and 11 assailants were killed in Tuesday’s attack. The remaining attackers, who numbered close to 100, fled back to sanctuary in Afghanistan.
A senior Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Wednesday and a formal demarche was made against the cross-border terrorist assault.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoF) in Kabul summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaires over the Punjabi Taliban’s recent statement to limit its activities to Afghanistan. Syed Moazam Shah was told the Punjabi Taliban were conspiring against stability in Afghanistan.
“A strong protest has been lodged with Afghanistan over a physical attack launched by terrorists from across the border in the North Waziristan area,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Serious concerns were conveyed to the deputy chief of mission of the Afghan embassy over the developing threats from the recently established sanctuaries across the border in Khost and Paktika provinces, the statement added.
Banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants and other terrorists fleeing an ongoing military operation in Waziristan are reported to have set up hideouts in Khost and Paktika.
The Afghan government was once again asked to take complementary actions to support the military action in North Waziristan for elimination of terrorism.
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