Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Afghan MPs warn Pakistan over attacks

A view of Afghan parliament

Source: Press TV

Afghan lawmakers have warned that if Pakistani cross-border missile attacks against their soil continue, Kabul will break its diplomatic ties with Islamabad.

During the open session of the parliament on Monday, the lawmakers described Pakistani missile attacks against Afghanistan's eastern provinces in the past four weeks as “aggression” and approved a motion that states in case such attacks persist, “irreversible” events will transpire in their bilateral ties, IRNA reported.

The MP's also emphasized on retaliatory measures against the Pakistani missile attacks.

Additionally, the Afghan lawmakers called on international organizations such as the UN and the Islamic Cooperation Organization to halt the continuation of Pakistan's artillery attacks through diplomatic channels.

Tensions between the two neighboring countries have climbed in recent weeks.

According to Afghan sources, the Pakistani army has launched over 700 missiles on the eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, and Khost, killing and injuring dozens.

Pakistani authorities, however, has dismissed the Afghan allegations, raising further concerns among Afghan officials.

The Afghan Parliament has summoned the country's defense, interior and foreign ministers to explain the Pakistani missile attacks.

Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasul has stated that diplomatic measures for halting the Pakistani missile strikes “have not been productive as the attacks continue do persist.”

Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan has been summoned to Afghanistan Foreign Ministry over the missile attacks.

Meanwhile, Pakistani sources have reported that Afghan artillery fired several missiles toward Pakistan on Monday. Afghanistan's defense ministry spokesman has told IRNA that the measure was in retaliation to Pakistani attacks during the past several weeks.

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