Pakistan urges NATO to ensure care in border operation

By Xinhua

Islamabad : Pakistan has urged NATO forces in Afghanistan to ensure better coordination, care and restraint while operating close to the Pakistan-Afghan border, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said here Monday.

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These remarks followed an incident where ten people were killed and several injured Saturday, when rockets fired by coalition forces in Afghanistan landed in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, according to the Pakistani army. Locals said more than 20 others were killed when coalition planes dropped bombs in the South Waziristan region the same day.

"Pakistan does not want any action by NATO forces on our side of the border. Any action inside the Pakistani territory is to be taken by Pakistani forces," Aslam said at the weekly press briefing.

"We understand that this is a difficult situation as many operations are being undertaken by NATO on the other side of the border. Such incidents could happen due to lack of coordination especially when miscreants try to cross over the border," she said.

A coalition spokesman said Sunday in Kabul that the attack was coordinated with the Pakistani authorities, but the claim was denied by a Pakistani army's spokesman. Pakistan has already lodged a strong protest with NATO over the incident.