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Afghanistan: no war against Pakistan (Karzai)

Afghanistan is not open hostilities against Pakistan and will not respond to fire with fire, said the Afghan president Hamid Karzai at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.

On Monday The Afghan parliament called on the government to sever diplomatic relations with Pakistan in response to the continued firing of artillery against the Pakistani border provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar. MEPs said they would support any measures to put an end to bombing Pakistan, including military retaliation.

However, the Afghan head of state said that fire against Pakistani territory, in retaliation, would be contrary to “principles of good neighborliness and humanism.”

According to the Afghan border police, the last two months, more than 700 shells were fired at the eastern provinces from Pakistan. More than 50 Afghan civilians were killed and dozens more were injured and thousands have fled their homes. According to the Afghan parliament, Pakistan has to pay compensation for the victims and destruction.

On Monday Pakistan rejected accusations of heavy bombing saying it was only “a few accidental shootings” to Islamist militants.

Experts assume that the artillery fire against the Pakistani provinces bordering Afghanistan response to U.S. drone launches from the territory Afghan bomb sites and often kill civilians and military of Pakistan.

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