Karzai: Afghanistan won't fire back on Pakistan

By REUTERS
July 5, 2011 15:51

 
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KABUL - Afghanistan's security forces will not respond with military force to weeks of cross-border shelling from Pakistan, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday, as the Afghan parliament called on him to sever ties with Islamabad over the issue.

Hundreds of rockets have hit Afghanistan since early June, officials say, and killed dozens of civilians, infuriating Afghans from ordinary villagers to the top echelons of power.

A top Afghan police general last week offered his resignation over the government's response to the attacks, and there have been at least two demonstrations

Pakistan last Monday rejected Afghan allegations of large scale cross-border shelling, saying that only "a few accidental rounds" may have crossed the border when it pursued militants who had attacked its security forces.

It is impossible to verify independently exactly what is happening on the remote, porous and disputed mountainous border, but there are insurgent groups on both sides.

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