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Pakistan blames Afghan Taliban for Chitral attack

Pakistan blames Afghan Taliban for Chitral attack

Aug 28, 2011 - 15:27

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Although Pakistani Talibaninfo-icon have claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks on security posts in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, but its government, complaining to the Afghan government, has said the attackers were Afghan Taliban.

The predawn attack took place in the Chitral district when hundreds of militants stormed security checkpoints of the Chtiral Scouts and border police.

Pakistaninfo-icon Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned deputy Afghan ambassador Musa Arfi, and complained about the Chitral deadly assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding Afghan government must avoid repetition of such attacks.

As many as 55 people, including 25 scouts, 10 policemen and 20 attackers were killed during clashes.

Associated with groups led by Fazlullah and Faqir Mohammad, the attackers had crossed the border with the help of the Afghan Taliban, the ISPR said, adding 25 paramilitary troops and 10 border police were killed in the assault, the latest in a spate of cross-border incursions.

Pakistani officials expressed the hope that both Afghan and NATOinfo-icon-led troops would be able to prevent militants from crossing the border into Pakistan.

Shams Zardasht, the Afghan embassy culture attaché, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Pakistan officials wanted security officials of both the countries to cooperate with each other in order to prevent such attacks.

Meanwhile, Sirajul Haq, a local spokesman for Pakistani Taliban in the Malakand division, near Swat district, has claimed responsibility for the attack. He said hundreds of Pakistani soldiers were killed in the attack.

Pakistan's army said some of the attackers were from Swat, Dir, led by Fazallah, and the others were from Bajaur led by Faqir Mohammad. In a statement, the army said these militants had bases in Kunar and Nuristan.

Afghan border police officials in eastern provinces and Jamalludin Badar, the Nuristan governor, on Saturday rejected Pakistani officials' claim as baseless.



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