Pak summons Afghan envoy over Taliban attack
Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 23:31
Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday summoned the Afghan Charge d'Affaires to the Foreign Ministry here to lodge a protest on morning attack by hundreds of Taliban militants, who swarmed across from Afghanistan to attack several army posts in Chitral area in northwestern border killing 26 security personnel.

The Afghan Charge d'Affairs was conveyed the imperative of establishing peace and tranquility in the border region and effectively dealing with terrorists, Pakistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The activities of the terrorists are a matter of great concern to both the governments and people of Pakistan and Afghanistan. They cannot be allowed to continue such blatant attacks from across the border," it added.

The statement said it is Pakistan's expectation that ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) and the Afghan National Army would take effective measures to prevent such incursions by militants from safe havens from across the border in Kunar and Nooristan and to enhance border security.

Meanwhile, an Army statement said militants from Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley, Dir district and Bajur tribal region, organised by militant leaders Maulvi Fazlullah and Maulvi Faqir Muhammad with local Afghans, have attacked the security forces' posts in Chitral.

Sources said that Fazaullah fled to Afghanistan after security forces launched a major offensive against the militants in 2009 and cleared the area of the militants.

Maulvi Faqir, deputy chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan escaped to Afghanistan last year from Bajaur.

"Since their expulsion from their native areas, the terrorists have organised themselves in Kunar and Nooristan Provinces with the support of local Afghan authorities," the army said.

"Due to scanty presence of NATO and ANA forces along Pak-Afghan border, the terrorists are using these areas as safe havens and have mounted repeated attacks against security forces posts and isolated villages," it said.


First Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 23:31

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