Pakistan rejects Afghan allegation of covert army attack

Afghan officials accused the Pakistan army of operating in Afghanistan in civilian dress.

Pakistan rejects Afghan allegation of covert army attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistan has rejected allegations from Afghanistan that Pakistani troops dressed as civilians have been carrying out attacks on the Afghan side of their shared border.

"It is with deep disappointment that we have seen the allegations by senior Afghan officials regarding Pakistani troops in civilian dress conducting attacks in areas of Kunar Province. We reject these baseless allegations," said Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in a press release on Tuesday.

"The fact is that the Pakistani armed forces have been attacked repeatedly by terrorists operating from the Afghan territory. Our armed forces have acted only in self defense, with maximum restraint and responsibility. We also expect the Afghan government to refrain from taking any action that may be detrimental to peace and stability on the border," she said.

Aslam said the "unfounded" allegations could undermine co-operation between the two countries in battling militancy. 

Pakistan army says killed 25 more Taliban rebels

The Pakistan army claimed killing 25 more Taliban rebels in fresh airstrikes in the country's troubled North Waziristan on Monday in the 9th day of an ongoing military offensive, raising the total number of deaths to 287, officials said.

The army’s representative, Inter Services Public Relations, said that six rebels hideouts have also been destroyed in air strikes in different parts of Miranshah -- the administrative headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency and in the town of Mir Ali.

The army launched a full-scale operation in North Waziristan on June 15 to root out the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after peace talks between the two sides collapsed last April following an end to a 40-day long ceasefire between the security forces and the rebels network.

According to the disaster management authority of the federally administered tribal areas, some 400,000 out of a total population of 800,000 in North Waziristan have already moved to other parts of the country, including neighboring Afghanistan. The authority expects that the number of internally displaced persons may reach as many as 500,000 in the near future.

The army seeks the evacuation of tribesmen to launch a ground operation in the urban parts of the region in the upcoming days.

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