Islamabad: Pakistan has lodged a protest
with the Afghan government over a cross-border attack by
Taliban militants and asked Afghanistan to prevent the
recurrence of such incidents.
Majnoon Gulab, the charge d`affaires at the Afghan
Embassy, was summoned to the Foreign Office and a "strong
demarche was lodged with him" on the cross-border raid.
Some "100-150 terrorists crossed the border with
Afghanistan and attacked three Pakistani villages" in Bajaur
tribal region at 4.20 am on June 16, said a statement issued
by Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua.
"The cross-border incursion resulted in the death of
five civilians (including three males and two females) and one
Frontier Scout and three civilians (females) were injured,"
the statement said late yesterday.
The Pakistan government`s "serious concern" was
conveyed to the Afghan charge d`affaires.
"The government of Afghanistan was asked to prevent
such cross-border incidents from occurring in the future," the
The cross-border raid in Bajaur Agency was the third
such attack this month.
Earlier, hundreds of Afghan Taliban militants
besieged Shalotal area of Upper Dir district in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing 27 security personnel and
The militants also destroyed several schools,
government buildings and mosques in the area.
Pakistan had conveyed its "strong concern" to the
Afghan government over the earlier cross-border attacks.
During his recent visit to Islamabad, President Hamid
Karzai said Pakistan and Afghanistan need to act "aggressively
and effectively" to root out terrorists and their sanctuaries
in both countries.