Explosives used in Pak are smuggled from Afghan: Malik

Militants with arms and explosives are entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to carry out attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday.

Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 21:17 PM IST

Islamabad: Militants with arms and
explosives are entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to carry out
attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday.

"The international community must help (Pakistan) to
stop arms and ammunition and terrorists coming from
Afghanistan," Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a
seminar on countering the threat of improvised explosive
devices.
Addressing the seminar, Malik said most of the
explosives used in bomb attacks in Pakistani territory were
smuggled from Afghanistan.

"All these IEDs are actually being transported from
Afghanistan to Pakistan," he said.

US and Afghan officials have said that Taliban
fighters who attack NATO forces in Afghanistan are based in
Pakistan`s lawless tribal belt.

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are
characterised by mutual suspicion though ties between the two
neighbours have improved since a democratic government assumed
power in Islamabad in 2008.

Pakistan has carried out military offensives in the
tribal belt but has resisted US pressure for an operation in
North Waziristan Agency, described by American and afghan
officials as a haven for Taliban and Al Qaida operatives.

However, Malik claimed during the seminar that the
crossing of militants from Pakistan to Afghanistan is
"nominal".
He blamed Afghan forces for destroying bio-metric
systems that made it impossible to identify the tens of
thousands of people who cross the border between the two
countries every day.

PTI