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Afghan, NATO forces fire rockets into Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 8 ,IRNA -- Afghan and NATO forces on Friday fired rockets into Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region but no one was hurt, local media reported.

Quoting residents Pakistani TV channels reported that around 18 mortar shells landed near a Pakistani check post at Ghulam Khan border area.

Pakistani forces also returned fire, they said.

The reported firing took place a day after Pakistani, Afghan and commanders of foreign forces in Afghanistan met in the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar to probe and prevent the recent incidents along the borders, the Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, Umar Daudzai said.

Daudzai said that the delegation arrived in Peshawar on Thursday after Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and President Hamid Karzai spoke on phone a day earlier and agreed to investigate border escalation by the military officials of the two countries and ISAF commanders.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson blamed militants for the current cross-border attacks and said there is a common concern between the two countries on this issue.

Pakistan says that its 55 security personnel were killed and over 80 other injured in five attacks from Afghan side in Dir district, Bajaur and Mohmand tribal regions in a month time.

Afghanistan also says that hundreds of rockets were fired into Kunar and Nangrahar provinces from Pakistani territory, killing and injuring dozens of people.

“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,” the Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said at her weekly press briefing.

Diplomatic sources said that President Karzai and Prime Minister Gilani agreed on the establishment of a joint military commission to probe and prevent the recent incidents along the Afghanistan and Pakistan borders.

Afghan ambassador said the delegation of the Afghan security officials and ISAF forces is visiting Pakistan on the instruction from President Karzai, adding that both sides would ‘explore ways how they will prevent the repeat of such incidents”.

The Afghan president's office said in Kabul that Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani had agreed in their telephonic conversation with President Karzai on the establishment of a joint military commission to address problems emerged on the Afghan and Pakistani borders.

Earlier Gen Zaher Azimi, the spokesman for the Afghan National Defence Ministry said in a statement that a delegation comprising representatives of the security bodies and a representative from ISAF forces went to Pakistan on Thursday to hold talks on the recent incidents along the border regions.

Afghan officials claim that more than 760 missiles and artillery rounds have been fired from the Pakistani soil on eastern regions of Afghanistan, killing up to 40 people and injuring 50 others.

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