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Pak-ISAF joint assessment praises restraint shown by both sides at Ziarat firing

June 24, 2011 - Kabul

A joint Pakistani and International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) assessment of a June 17 cross- border incident at the Ziarat outpost praised the restraint shown by both sides.

A NATO aircraft had dropped bombs at Ziarat post in the northwest region near the Afghan border following which Pakistan had expressed concerns to the US embassy in Islamabad.

The meeting was held at the outpost between Nangrahar province in Afghanistan and Mohmand Agency where the incident occurred. It concluded on June 21, despite firing by militants at the outpost during the discussions.

It was confirmed that though an inadvertent exchange of fire took place, no casualties occurred during the incident, the Express Tribune reports.

The joint investigation, requested by Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, noted though restraint was demonstrated by both sides, the policies and procedures need to be improved.


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