Pakistan shows concerns over cross border attack from Afganistan

09:59, June 03, 2011      

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Pakistani Foreign Office summoned Afghan envoy and lodged a protest over the attack launched by around 300-400 Afghan militants on a police checkpost and villages adjacent to the Afghan boarder.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office late Thursday night, the miscreants attacked villages and burnt several schools in northwestern Pakistani tribal area of Dir in a pre-dawn offensive killing at least 30 people including security forces and civilians.

The Foreign Secretary stressed the need for stern action by the Afghan army to put a strong check on militants to avoid any such attacks in the future.

The statement also said that Pakistan would lodge protest to NATO forces to U.S. to take serious measures against militants and their hideouts in Afghanistan and against organizational support for the militants.

The clash in the Dir tribal area of Pakistan began at about 3 a.m. (local time) Wednesday and lasted over 24 hours. Pakistani officials evacuated the local people of the affected villages to the safer places and carried out operation against the militants by gunship helicopters.

Officials say the area had calmed by midday Thursday when Pakistani forces regaining control of the area after killing at least 45 insurgents.

The exact location where militants carried out an armed assault lies about 20 kilometers inside the Pakistani territory, sharing a common border with Afghanistan's Kunar province that remained a center for al-Qaida and other militants in the past.

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Source: Xinhua
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