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Pakistan protests NATO cross-border shelling on security forces
Pakistan lodged protest with
Afghanistan-based NATO forces over cross-border shelling, which
killed a Pakistani soldier, local media quoted the army as saying
Three other soldiers also were injured on Wednesday in the
NATO shelling from Afghan side into the Pakistani border region
of Ghulam Khan, the army spokesman said.
Pakistan has called for a flag meeting of the Pakistani, Afghan
and NATO officials to review the situation, Dawn TV reported.
It was not clear as to what prompted the firing and there had
been confusing whether the NATO or Afghan troops exchanged fire
with Pakistani forces.
Afghan media quoted the country's border police as claiming
that Pakistani troops in North Waziristan tribal area fired mortars
into Afghan territory on Wednesday. There had been no casualty
on Afghan side and the Afghan troops returned fire.
Correspondents in Miranshah, the center of North Waziristan,
said that both sides exchanged heavy fire almost the whole day
on Wednesday. They said locals also heard huge explosion in the
border area on Thursday. There was no report of fresh casualty.
According to local sources, Pakistani forces fought back when
NATO forces violated Pakistani territory and fired mortars on
Pakistan has deployed thousands of troops along its some 2500
kilometers of porous border to check the cross-border movement
of the militants.
U.S. and Afghan leaders claimed that North Waziristan is the
safe haven of militants, who plan attacks into Afghanistan on
foreign and Afghan troops.
Pakistan is under pressure by the U.S. authorities to launch
major operation in North Waziristan.
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