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Coalition troops ‘in position’

world Updated: Jul 15, 2008 22:52 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

In what is being seen as a first step towards a major offensive in the tribal areas of Pakistan, coalition troops started to take up positions on the Pakistan-Afghan border from Tuesday. A command post was also set up at the Torkham Border point, which army officials say has been done for coordination between the allied forces and the Pakistan army.

Hundreds of allied troops armed with choppers, tanks, mortars and high-tech weapons arrived at the Pak-Afghan border areas and took up positions, local media and eyewitnesses said. The movement of allied troops comes after weeks of bickering between Pakistan and Afghanistan as to who is responsible for the cross-border infiltration by militant groups.

On Tuesday, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf again said the remarks by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that Pakistan was responsible for terror attacks in Afghanistan were “baseless”. Musharraf said Pakistan “was also the victim of such terror attacks”.