Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz says a surge in fighting between security forces and militants near the Afghan border is the result of the country's more aggressive stance against terrorists.
In an interview broadcast on U.S. television (C-N-N) Sunday, Aziz says recent battles in the tribal regions demonstrate the government's commitment to anti-terrorism efforts.
He also encouraged the Afghan government to increase patrols on its side of the border.
Also Sunday, security forces in Pakistan said they killed two militants -- including one Uzbek --who attacked a paramilitary checkpoint near the Afghan border.
Sunday's fighting took place in the North Waziristan tribal region near the main town of Mir Ali.
Last week, Pakistani authorities said 250 people had been killed in the border area during four days of fighting between government forces and pro-Taleban militants.