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Karzai Seeks Explanation on Border Shelling

Karzai seeks explanation on border shelling

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met US Ambassador James B. Cunninghamand NATO commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunfordon 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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