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Pakistan to NATO: Apologize and pay compensation

Pakistan to NATO: Apologize and pay compensation

A section of the press is reporting that NATO has apologized for the Cross-Border raid. There is no news on compensation for the three soldiers killed.

Islamabad, Oct 1: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday demanded that NATO forces in Afghanistan pay compensation or apologise for recent cross-border attacks, warning that his country would otherwise explore ‘other options’ to stop such border violations.

Two helicopters entered Pakistani airspace Thursday and fired missiles at a border post manned by six soldiers, killing three of them and injuring the others.

‘If you (NATO) do not explain the incident and if you do not pay compensation or apologize, then we have other options and we will use them,’ Gilani told parliament.

‘Being a responsible nation we have conveyed our response through diplomatic and political means, but I assure the nation through this house that we will not allow any incursion into Pakistan,’ he said.

It was the third cross-border incursion by international troops this month.

Hours after the attack Pakistan stopped dozens of trucks and oil tankers carrying food and oil supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan.

The international forces are highly dependent on Pakistan for supplies, as around 80 percent pass through Pakistan to reach landlocked Afghanistan.

Pakistan is a major ally of the US-led forces in the fight against the Taliban-led insurgency.

But analysts suspect Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is playing a double game by allowing the militants to sneak into Afghanistan.

Western forces have long demanded to use the right of ‘hot pursuit’ against insurgents who return to Pakistani tribal areas after attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistan has declined, saying the mandate of international troops ends at the border and only Pakistani troops can take action against militants inside its territory. Pakistani PM seeks NATO apology for intrusion 2010-10-01 18:00:00 (DPA)

  • At least 27 tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan were destroyed at a fuel station in southern Pakistan, an official said Friday.
  • It was unclear whether the attack was linked to a NATO airstrike Thursday at a border post in Khurram Agency along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in which three Pakistani troops died, the BBC said.
  • Pakistan has formally lodged protest with NATO over airstrikes in its tribal region, which Thursday also killed three soldiers, officials said on Friday.
  • “Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani met the Deputy Secretary General of NATO in Brussels to lodge protest over the border violations by NATO/ISAF helicopters,” Pakistani Embassy in Brussels said.
  • Most people in Pakistan’s tribal regions strongly oppose U.S. missile strikes in their territory, with nearly half believing they kill mainly civilians, according to a rare opinion poll that may raise doubts about a key plank of the Obama administration’s anti-terror strategy.
  • Nearly nine of 10 people surveyed opposed the U.S. taking action against militants in the tribal belt.
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