Pak­istan launches mil­i­tary oper­a­tion near Afghan bor­der

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pak­istan says it has launched a new mil­i­tary oper­a­tion near the Afghan bor­der to com­bat mil­i­tants. Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, an army spokesman, says an in­fantry di­vi­sion backed by air force and ar­tillery will clear the Ra­j­gal Val­ley in the Khy­ber tribal re­gion. He says Pak­istan has in­formed Afghan au­thor­i­ties and urged them to take sim­i­lar mea­sures on their side of the bor­der. Afghanistan and Pak­istan have long ac­cused each other of turn­ing a blind eye to mil­i­tants oper­at­ing along their por­ous bor­der. Pak­istan’s con­struc­tion of a fence along part of the fron­tier has also caused ten­sions, as Afghanistan does not rec­og­nize the colo­nial-era line as an in­ter­na­tional bor­der.—Agen­cies

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