One More Blast in NW Pak, One Injured

In continuing series of bomb blasts in Pakistan, the office of an aid organization was rocked with an explosion in country’s northwestern region near Afghan border, wounding a security personnel, said reports.

Liaquat Ali Khan, the police chief in Peshawar said that the blast occurred at about 7 am near the office’s perimetre wall. The building belonged to Shift International, a group committed to helping handicapped people.

It may be mentioned that this blast took place only a day after a roadside explosion in Peshawar in which two police officers were killed and four others wounded. A suicide bomber also killed 19 people in the city on Thursday.

On Friday, Pakistan said that an increase in US troops in Afghanistan could push militants across the border into its territory, calling the Americans to factor in that concern as part of their new war strategy.

This new Pakistani concern, which PM Yousuf Raza Gilani raised during a meeting with visiting CIA director Leon Panetta, could pose another trouble for President Barack Obama as he weighs military proposals to send 10,000 to 40,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan next year.

The US Embassy declined to comment on the CIA director’s visit to the country. American security and government leaders have frequently visited Pakistan in recent weeks to urge it to do more against militants on its side of the border blamed for violence inside Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials have said that in the past that they were worried that Obama’s original surge of 21,000 troops this summer would lead to more militants crossing over into the country, something that has not happened.

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