US, Afghanistan to further strengthen ties with Pakistan

The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

At least six security officials, as well as civilians were injured in two separate grenade attacks along the Torkham crossing of the Pak-Afghan border on Friday.

Baseer Khan Wazir, the most senior administrator in the Kurram Agency region of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), said the drone strike took place close to the border with Afghanistan.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief media.

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The officials said apparently three local Afghan Taliban commanders, including Mullah Asmat and his nephew, were targeted but it was unclear whether they were present at the time.

The first USA strike under the Trump administration killed two men riding a motorbike in Kurram Agency in March, while the second suspected attack happened in late April in North Waziristan.

US President Donald Trump (L) greets military leaders before his speech on Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base on August 21, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. After the incident, the Torkham Gate was closed for all kinds of traffic.

Pakistani leaders rejected the charges as an attempt to "scapegoat" their country for "failures" of US -led efforts to secure and stabilize Afghanistan. "We don't differentiate the Haqqani network and Taliban".

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According to another report, security forces recovered explosives and hand grenades in Kohat Friday, which were defused later.

"This year we have some tremendous achievements", Stanekzai said, including Afghanistan's full membership of the International Cricket Council.

us drone attacks inside Pakistan have become rare over the past few years.

The United States carries out internationally-condemned extrajudicial drone strikes in several Islamic countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.

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