ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani telephoned President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday and expressed Pakistan's serious concern over the activities of militants along Pakistan-Afghan border, especially in Dir, Bajaur, Mohmand on the Pakistan side and Kunar on the Afghan side. The Prime Minister conveyed to President Karzai that Pakistan Army was exercising utmost restraint, despite repeated cross border raids by the militants from the Afghan side into Pakistan. The situation, he said, needed to be defused quickly. Pakistan has requested the ISAF to convene immediate meeting for border coordination between regional commanders, the Prime Minister added.
He requested President Karzai to ask ISAF and Afghan military commanders to join Pakistan's efforts to defuse the situation created by the militants and to avoid any further loss of lives of innocent persons on both sides.
President Karzai showed his serious concern over the situation and expressed his readiness to send ISAF and Afghan commanders for a meeting to address the issue.
He stressed that both the countries should remain in touch with each other and jointly frustrate the evil designs of militants.
He said that it was a trap of the militants, which could be thwarted through close coordination and understanding. (Monitoring Desk)