Friday, March 12, 2004

Shaukat Sultan

Pakistan's "military spokesman" has stated that no new military operations will be carried out in the tribal areas near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border:

Pakistan military spokesman Maj General Shaukat Sultan on Thursday dispelled the notion that a new large military operation is being planned in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

“Pak-Afghan border is fully sealed and no one would be allowed to enter in Pakistan from Afghanistan illegally,” he said talking to Online.

He said Afghan and allied forces are engaged in Paktika province of Afghanistan along Pakistani border and their activities are a routine matter. One should not assume that it is part of preparations for another military operation in tribal areas, he added.

“These are routine security measures and there is no immediate plan for another big operation in tribal areas,” he maintained.


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