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Pak lodges protest with Afghanistan over cross-border militant attack in Chitral

Islamabad, Sun, 28 Aug 2011 ANI

Islamabad, August 28(ANI): Pakistan has lodged a formal protest with Afghanistan over Saturday's cross-border militant attacks emanating from Kunar and Nuristan against seven Pakistani check posts in Chitral, in which 25 security forces personnel were killed.


The Afghan Charge d'Affairs was called in at Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and protest over the attacks was conveyed with the imperative of establishing peace and tranquillity in the border region and effectively dealing with terrorists, a Foreign Office statement said.


"The activities of the terrorists are a matter of great concern... They cannot be allowed to continue such blatant attacks from across the border," the Afghan diplomat was told in a strongly worded protest.


Pakistan officials regretted that the Afghan authorities did little to address Pakistan's concerns, when Afghan Ambassador Umar Daudzai was handed a demarche after a similar attack in June.


This aspect was particularly underscored in the latest protest, the Dawn reports.


The Foreign Office statement said that it was Pakistan's expectation that ISAF 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 Nuristan and to enhance border security, The Express Tribune reported. (ANI)


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