Pakistani Border Shellings Alert Karzai

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The Afghanistan Express Daily Newspaper

May 28, 2014

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KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met US Ambassador James B. Cunningham and NATO commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford on the unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops of eastern Kunar province.

A statement from the presidential palace said Karzai asked for an explanation of sporadic rocket attacks from the Pakistan side. He asked NATO and US officials to raise the issue with their Pakistani counterparts, the statement added.

A source quoted the US ambassador as saying he was unaware of any Pakistani rockets fired into Kunar province and that the media always exaggerated the issue.

Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, while briefing the officials at the meeting, said around 300 rockets had been fired into Kunar in the past couple of days.

Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi said Pakistani authorities had been informed about the shelling but they refused to take responsibility for it.

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http://theafghanistanexpress.com/karzai-seeks-explanation-on-border-shelling

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Pakistani Attacks Dismay Afghan Senate

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The Afghanistan Daily Express Newspaper

May 25, 2014

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KABUL: Some senators on Sunday suggested a tit-for-tat response to Pakistan’s rocket strikes, warning the cross-border attacks threatened security for the runoff presidential elections.

An upper house member from central Parwan province, Mir Hussain Sadiqi, accused Pakistan of trying to keep the pot boiling in Afghanistan to achieve its nefarious designs.

Pakistan had resumed cross-border incursions in recent days, he alleged, saying Afghanistan would remain mired in problems as long as the government dithered on a befitting response to the neighbour’s aggression.

The run-off election is scheduled for June 14 between the two leading candidates, Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

A member from Bamyan province, Hidayatullah Rihayee, also said Afghanistan should react sternly to Pakistani raids and the problem should be resolved through diplomatic channels.

“Pakistan attacks Afghanistan every day; it should face a strong reaction,” he observed, asking the government not to remain silent.

Another lawmaker from Paktia province, Bahram Samkani, expressed a similar view and said some militants had also entered Afghanistan from the other side of the border.

First Deputy Chairman Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, who chaired the session, said security officials should be summoned for questioning on the emotive issue.

Earlier, Interior Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai had said Pakistani rocket attacks were intolerable. “We need to remind Pakistan that we can’t sit as silent spectators.”

Last week, Afghan, Pakistani and ISAF officials held a trilateral meeting in Kabul on a host of issues including the fight against terror on both sides of the Durand Line  and security during the crucial elections.

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http://theafghanistanexpress.com/senators-seek-tit-for-tat-response-to-pak-attacks

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Taliban Release 23 Captured Policemen

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The Afghanistan Daily Express Newspaper

May 25, 2014

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FAIZABAD: Of the 36 captives they had kidnapped during the siege of Yamgan district in northeastern Badakhshan province, Taliban have released 23 policemen, an official said on Sunday.

The captives had sought refuge in a cave in the district when it was captured by the militants, Badakhshan police chief Lt. Gen. Fazluddin Ayar told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Mediation by tribal elders helped secure the release of the policemen, he added. Four officials were still in militant captivity, Ayar said, adding efforts had been expedited to ensure their early release.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the deputy head of the intelligence department, police commander Abdul Mobin and Yamgan prison officials were among the captives.

Yamgan district is located 150 kilometres from Faizabad, the provincial capital, and borders Jurm and Karan Wa Manjan districts.

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http://theafghanistanexpress.com/taliban-release-23-policemen-in-badakhshan

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Militant Surrender Bolsters Poll Security

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The Afghanistan Daily Express Newspaper

May 25, 2014

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BAMYAN CITY: With the surrender of 20 militants, polling sites that previously faced threats would become secure in central Bamyan province, an official hoped on Saturday.

Mohammad Sadiq Ali Yar, head of the peace committee, lauded the group for shunning violence and joining the peace process. He said the ongoing insurgency was legalising the presence of foreign troops in the country.

During the April 5 elections, voting at three polling sites in Ashpishta and Khamard districts in Bamyan and Tala and Barfak districts in Baghlan could not take place due to militant attacks.

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http://theafghanistanexpress.com/militants-surrender-to-bolster-poll-security

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