Pakistan blames Afghan border tension on militants

Other News Materials 7 July 2011 17:28 (UTC +04:00)

Pakistan on Thursday blamed militants for the current cross-border attacks along its borders with Afghanistan and said there is a common concern between the two countries on this issue, DPA reported.

Pakistan and Afghanistan say that militants launched attacks in border regions of both countries in recent weeks which caused casualties of the security forces and civilians.

Pakistan says that its 55 security personnel were killed and over 80 others injured in five attacks from Afghan side in a month time. Afghanistan also says that hundreds of rockets were fired and militants from Pakistani territory attacked security men.

"This situation is being created by militants causing loss of human life and damage to property in Pakistan as well as in border regions of Afghanistan," Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said at the weekly press briefing.

She said Pakistan has categorically stated that it would support and facilitate the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in that country, adding that Pakistan is supporting the process because it is in its national interests to have peace and stability in Afghanistan.

She pointed out that there is two-tier mechanism to support peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan involving Pakistan and the United States and Afghanistan and next meetings of these groups would be held in Islamabad for which dates are being discussed.

The spokeswoman said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday took up the issue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressing serious concern over the development.