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Pakistan army concerned over cross border missile attacks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Rawalpindi, July 29, IRNA


Pakistan's Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) General Tariq Majid expressed concern over repeated cross border missile attacks/firing by Coalition and Afghan Forces, the army said.

General Tariq Majid conveyed concern to acting Commander US CENTCOM Lieutenant General Martin E Dempsey, who called on him at Joint Staff Headquarters, Chaklala, a statement from the army's Inter-Services Public Relations said.

The comments came hours after a missile strike killed at least six people in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region, which the local believe fired from Afghanistan.

US air strike had killed 11 Pakistani soldiers in the country's tribal region of Khyber agency last month.

Eight Pakistani soldiers were injured in another missile raid in South Waziristan earlier this month.

"Our sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected any violation in this regard could be detrimental to bilateral relations," the statement quoted General Tariq as telling the top U.S general.

"He also re-emphasised that Pakistan Armed Forces are capable of handling any challenges to our security," the army's statement said.

While referring to the rhetoric by Afghan Political Leadership, Chairman JCSC said that baseless allegations against Pakistan could affect mutual trust and would definitely influence our efforts in war against terror, the statement said.

"He emphasised the need to have a collaborative approach between the Coalition Forces."

He also highlighted that "we have to give a chance to the political process over the kinetic approach followed and develop a broad based consensus on the strategy worked out by Pakistan to deal with terrorism for a real solution to the problem rather than indulging in blame game."

"There is a dire need to break the nexus of drug trafficking in Afghanistan which is the life line of terror outfits," General Tariq Majid said.

General Dempsey held a wide ranging discussion with CJCSC, General Tariq Majid on matters of mutual interest between the two countries and other avenues of military cooperation, the statement said.

They also exchanged views on current security environment of the region with a focus on situation in Frontier Regions, Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, it said.

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