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Karzai warns Islamabad over cross-line attacks

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai on Friday strongly condemned Pakistani army airstrikes against Afghan soil in eastern Afghanistan and warned that such violations could damage relations between the two countries.

“Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, strongly condemns Pakistani army’s airstrikes on Dangam district of Kunar province,” Karzai’s media office in Kabul said in a statement.

According to Afghan security officials in eastern Kunar province, Pakistani choppers on Tuesday night bombed some targets in Dangam district of Kunar that caused no casualties.

“These attacks will fuel distrust and disputes between Afghanistan and Pakistan and will further damage relations between the two countries,” Karzai said in his statement.

The national leader says Afghans always appreciated Pakistani nation’s assistances and services that they provided to Afghans during the period of Afghan-Soviet war, adding that Afghans’ patience and tolerance against such attacks should not be considered as their weakness and inability to answer foreign aggression.

Karzai asked Pakistani government for immediate and complete halt to all types of attacks against Afghanistan and don’t let the relations between the two countries to reach to an irreversible point.

Speaking today at a ceremony, marking the 21st death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, the ex-president said that the control of Afghan airspace is in hands of the American authorities but still they had not prevented Pakistani choppers from entering Afghanistan. He termed the cold-shoulder response of the US to foreign aggression against Afghanistan as main reason he rejected to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).

According to the BSA, it is responsibility of the US to respond to the cross-Durand Line attacks.

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