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Work hard to fight terror: Kabul to Pak

The call came from presidential spokesman Rahim Karimi after both sides accused each other of not doing enough to tackle terror.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 16:27 IST

Afghanistan demanded on Tuesday that neighbouring Pakistan work harder to combat terrorism amid an upsurge in Taliban-related violence targeting US-led coalition and Afghan forces.

The US military, meanwhile, said five "terrorists" were shot dead on Monday during a major operation by coalition and Afghan forces in an eastern province near the frontier.

The call for Pakistan to do more to fight terrorism by Afghan President Hamid Karzai's spokesman, comes a month after the leaders of both countries accused the other of not doing enough to crackdown on militants active either side of the border.

"We demand more and better cooperation from Pakistan, as well as the international community, against terrorism," Karzai spokesman Rahim Karimi told a news conference in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Afghanistan and Pakistan share a 2,450-kilometer-long porous frontier dominated by Pashtun tribesmen, often sympathetic to the Taliban, this country's toppled hard-line regime.

Militant attacks have increased on both sides of the border against Pakistan and Afghan forces, along with US-led coalition soldiers operating in Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan should shake hands as friends with Pakistan and work together in the struggle against terrorism," Karimi said. Pakistani and Afghan authorities have said that senior Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders could be at large along the frontier separating their countries.

Taliban militants, some who are believed to take refuge in Pakistani territory, have threatened to step up attacks against US-led coalition and Afghan forces during the spring and summer months.

There has been a spike in suicide and roadside bombings and shootings claimed by the Taliban, particularly across southern Afghanistan.

Early Tuesday, suspected Taliban gunmen attacked a police station in the southern Helmand province district of Khanashien, wounding the district police chief before fleeing, said local government official Haji Ghulam Muhiddin.

Some 2,500 Afghan and US soldiers are conducting an ongoing militant operation in the eastern Kunar province, which borders Pakistan, hunting Taliban militants and their sympathisers.

Coalition forces shot dead five "terrorists" in Kunar on Monday after a patrol spotted a group of seven militants west of the province's capital of Asadabad, the US military said in a statement.

It did not have any word on the fate of the two other suspected militants.