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Karzai raises concerns with Pakistan over attacks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said he had expressed “deep concerns” to his Pakistani counterpart about deadly rocket attacks launched across the Taliban-troubled border.
Around 200 Afghans protested in the capital on Saturday against the attacks — disputed by Pakistan — which have fanned tensions between the neighbours at a time of flagging Western support for the long war with the Taliban. Speaking at a press conference in Kabul alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Afghan leader said he had raised the sensitive issue with President Asif Ali Zardari at a recent meeting.
“The shells and artillery fired from Pakistan territory to Afghanistan have led to the death and injury of a number of our citizens,” Karzai said.
“I have been very clear on the position of Afghanistan… We expressed the deep concerns of the people of Afghanistan and asked for an immediate stop to the shelling from Pakistani territory.” Karzai said Afghanistan would not retaliate. Pakistan disputes the Afghan version of events and says it has not fired deliberately on its neighbour’s territory and says it is contending with Taliban attacks from Afghanistan.
Cameron, appearing with Karzai, struck a diplomatic note over the issue and said Britain backed an improvement in Afghanistan-Pakistan relations. “Now is the time for Pakistan and Afghanistan to sit and meet and talk on how we are to ensure what we need to do,” he told reporters.

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