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Hoti Blames US, NATO of Involvement in Upper Dir Incursion

Posted by yourpakistan on June 8, 2011











Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti on Wednesday blamed the US and Nato of involvement in last week’s cross-border incursion by Afghan militants in Upper Dir.

Chief Minister Hoti made these remarks during his visit to Upper Dir where he addressed a local jirga. Hoti said that he suspected direct involvement by the US in the attack and held the Afghan government equally responsible for that.

The three-day incursions on the Shaltalo checkpoint in Upper Dir were blamed on Afghan militants.

Earlier, The Express Tribune reported that an official had said that the incursions would figure in the upcoming opening session of a high-level Pakistan-Afghanistan joint commission in Islamabad.

Intelligence sources earlier rejected a statement by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which claimed responsibility for the cross-border attack in Shaltalo. “The TTP is known for making phony claims to panic people,” an intelligence official had told The Express Tribune.

An earlier report in The Express Tribune had quoted an Islamabad-based analyst, Brigadier (retd) Shaukat Qadir as saying that a Special Task Force, comprising Afghan Army soldiers, were suspected to be the attackers. He added that the special force had been trained to carry out a secret US sponsored war in Pakistan and to teach a lesson to the security establishment for not cooperating with them.

A senior police official in Peshawar had told The Express Tribune that the government had sufficient evidence that the attack on Upper Dir was sponsored by the US, Nato forces and not by Taliban.

“That is why the provincial government had lodged protest with Nato and the Afghan government,” he added. “We never lodge a complaint with Nato or the Afghan government for any terrorist attack by the Taliban,” he added.


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