Pakistan installs satellite monitoring system on Afghan border

June 17th, 2008 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 17 (Xinhua) Pakistan has installed a satellite monitoring system on its border with Afghanistan that will enable officials to keep a watch on activities along the border sitting in Islamabad, the interior ministry said Tuesday. Rehman Malik, minister for interior, told the National Assembly that the system would not only check illegal cross-border movement but also get information of border and space violation by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan.

The system has been installed two days after Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday threatened to send troops to Pakistan to hunt militants in the tribal regions, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported.

Pakistan Monday lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over Karzai’s statement.

Afghan and NATO authorities said militants were crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan’s tribal regions for attacks.

Malik denied recent reports about a US air strike in South Waziristan and said there was no such incident.

Media reports said that a US drone fired three missiles in South Waziristan June 14 and killed one person.

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