Pak concerned over Pak-Afghan cross-border raids
Last Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 23:17
Islamabad: Recent cross-border raids along the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier are a "common concern" for the two countries as they work to eliminate the menace of terrorism, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said Thursday.

"The fact is this situation is being created by militants that are causing concern, damage to property and loss of lives in Pakistan as well as in border regions of Afghanistan," Janjua told a weekly news briefing a day after the latest attack on a Pakistani border region by Afghanistan-based militants.

"So there is a common concern between the two countries and this common concern is being addressed by Pakistan and Afghanistan," Janjua said in response to questions about the raids and the situation along the volatile border.

The cross-border raids were the "subject of ongoing discussions on the diplomatic and military tracks between Pakistan and Afghanistan", she said.

She pointed out that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had yesterday telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express concern at the raids.

Islamabad has informed Kabul that it "strongly supports the peace and reconciliation process that is being undertaken in Afghanistan", Janjua said.

"We have categorically stated that this should be an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process," she added.

Pakistan is committed to playing a "supportive and facilitative role" in the Afghan reconciliation process and several mechanisms are in place for this, Janjua said.

These mechanisms include bilateral Pakistan- Afghanistan discussions and a trilateral dialogue involving the US.


First Published: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 23:17

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