Dozens of militants who came from Afghanistan to attack a village in Pakistan’s northwest and took scores of hostages fled back across the border, leaving behind the captives and carrying the bodies of 15 fighters killed in a battle with the army, Pakistani officials said Friday.
Elsewhere in the country, a bomb exploded near a political rally in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least five people, officials said.
The militants who staged the cross-border attack Thursday around 2 p.m. local time came from Afghanistan’s Kunar province and appeared to be targeting members of an anti-Taliban militia in Kitkot village near Pakistan’s Bajur tribal area, according to Pakistani officials.
Pakistan has railed against Afghan and NATO forces for not doing enough to stop the rising number of cross-border attacks, which it says have killed dozens of members of its security forces. However, there has been little sympathy from the U.S. and Afghan governments, which have long complained Pakistan allows sanctuary to militants fighting in Afghanistan.
I love the irony in the fact that Pakistan is mad at us for not stopping attacks from THEIR country. I guess all they need to do is allow us to cross the border into Pakistan and go after these guys and wipe-out the safe havens for all to be happy. It would be a win-win (in the words of the late, great Steven Covey) for everyone. Pakistan would win because we would take out the folks attacking their security forces and we (Afghanistan and Coalition forces) would win because we could then deny our enemies the safe-havens they so thoroughly enjoy in Pakistan.
I have said many times on this blog (as others have said) that the way to success in Afghanistan is through Pakistan. We have to be able to pursue our enemies there and deny them that refuge. Until that happens, we will never be able to make a serious impact on the plethora of enemies we face in Afghanistan daily.