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Pakistan, Afghanistan condemn cross border attacks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 5,I RNA -- Pakistan and Afghanistan Monday condemned ‘loss of life and destruction of property’ on both sides by militants, Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Afghan Ambassador Mohammad Umer Daudzai had an in-depth meeting and sides paid particular attention to the prevailing situation created by the militants in border regions of both countries, a Foreign Ministry statement said. The situation along the border is a matter of deep concern to both the governments and peoples of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the statement said.

“We consider Afghanistan’s loss as our own loss. It is, therefore, imperative that efforts be redoubled by both sides to attain the objectives of shared peace and security and to enhance cooperation for shared development and prosperity,” a Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement said.

Pakistani officials say that militants from Afghan territory intruded in Pakistani Dir District and Bajaur and Mohmand tribal regions and attacked Pakistani check posts, killing nearly 40 soldiers. Afghanistan also says that Pakistani forces fired hundreds of shells into eastern Kunar and Nangrahar regions, killing dozens of civilians.

Tribesmen in North Waziristan tribal region said on Monday that rockets fired from Afghan side injured four children.

“The Foreign Secretary conveyed to Ambassador Daudzai the importance that Pakistan attaches to establishing peace and tranquility in the border region and the importance of effectively curbing the activities of the miscreants,” the statement said.

This matter has been the subject of contacts at the highest Pakistan-Afghan-ISAF military-to-military levels, with a view to devising appropriate strategy to curb the activities of the militants. Another meeting between the concerned military authorities will be held to enhance information-sharing and coordination between Pakistan-Afghanistan and NATO/ISAF, the statement said.

The statement said Pakistan believed that both countries are faced with common challenges relating to militancy and terrorism which require deep and close cooperation.

The Foreign Secretary and the Afghan Ambassador expressed satisfaction on the recent meetings in Kabul. The Foreign Secretary expressed gratitude to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the excellent arrangements made for the holding of constructive talks in Kabul.

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