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Taliban militants regrouping in tribal areas: Brinkley.

Byline: Aamir Khan

Taliban militants regrouping in tribal areas: Brinkley

Aamir Khan - Jun 11, 2008 - 17:44

ISLAMABAD (PAN): British High Commissioner to Pakistan Robert Brinkley voiced concern over what he termed regrouping of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in the tribal border regions with Afghanistan.

Brinkley told a press conference in Peshawar after meeting the NWFP governor Owais Ahmad Ghani and Chief Minister Amir Haidar Khan Hoti that militants were once again regrouping in the tribal areas.

He said the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants were planning attacks in Afghanistan from their sanctuaries in the tribal areas.

The British envoy added that he did not disagree with the recent peace deal with the Taliban, but if that really brought peace.

"We must jointly stop Taliban and al-Qaeda attacks," said Brinkley.

The diplomat also expressed sorrow over the last night attack on an area in Mohmand Agency of the tribal area that reportedly killed 13 Pakistani soldiers. Reports say the attack was carried out by NATO planes and that it also caused civilian casualties.

NWFP governor Owais Ghani told the joint press conference that bombing of targets inside Pakistan by foreign troops would embitter Pakistan's relations with its allies.

"Such attacks can harm our relations with Afghanistan and the United States," said Ghani.

Chief Minister Hoti said that the victims of the overnight bombing were all innocent civilians, not Pakistani soldiers.

He said the incident should be investigated and it should be guaranteed that Pakistani civilians are not been targeted of such attacks in the future.


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