Kabul Threatens To Move UNSC Against Pakistan
Afghanistan last week threatened Pakistan that it would report to the UN Security Council for what Kabul alleges is shelling of its villages along the border between the two countries.
Authorities in the eastern province of Kunar, a hotbed for Taliban militants, have complained for weeks of being bombarded from across the frontier, blaming the barrage on Pakistani security forces.
Thousands of villagers in Kunar fled their homes as a result of "Pakistani rocket shelling" in recent weeks, officials said last week. Foreign Ministry spokesman Faramarz Tamana said Kabul was discussing the attacks with Islamabad and President Hamid Karzai would raise the matter with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf when he would visit the country in the coming weeks.
"If our bilateral discussion regarding this issue brings no result, we will refer this issue to the United Nation's Security Council," he told an international news agency.
Meanwhile, Pakistani officials said that up to 60 Afghan soldiers crossed into the Pakistani territory, sparking clashes that killed two tribesmen. It was the latest in a series of escalating cross-border attacks reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are inflaming tensions along the porous border as Nato prepares to end its combat mission against the Taliban in 2014.
In Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt, security officials said that two tribesmen were killed in Upper Kurram district in clashes with 60 Afghan Army soldiers.
Afghan defence officials denied the alleged incursion. "We are not aware of such an operation by ANA (Afghan National Army) in that area," Daulat Wazir spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said.
Colonel Ahmad Jan, spokesman for army corps 203 in Southeastern Afghanistan, said: "It is not true; our forces have not entered Pakistan. We have not had any operations near the border recently."