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Pakistani troops fire on intruding U.S. choppers
22. September 2008, 02:25
By Augustine Anthony, Reuters
Pakistani troops fired on two U.S. helicopters that intruded into
Pakistani airspace on Sunday night, forcing them to turn back to
Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani security official said on Monday.
It was the second such incident in a week, and reflects frayed relations
with the United States over Pakistan's failure to act more forcibly
against Islamist fighters in the tribal lands bordering Afghanistan.
The number of missile attacks by U.S. drone aircraft in the remote
tribal areas has multiplied in recent weeks.
The helicopters violated the border in the area of Lowara Mandi, 40 km
(25 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan
tribal region, at around 9 p.m. on Sunday, the official said, speaking
on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
There was no official confirmation.
"We don't have any information on border violation by the American
helicopters," Major Murad Khan, a military spokesman, said.
Residents said drones had been flying overnight and early on Monday over
Miranshah but did not attack.
"It's really so scary, we just can't sleep when you hear them flying,"
said Zia-ur-Rehman, a resident of Hamzoni village near Miranshah.
Relations became strained between the allies in the war on terrorism
after U.S. commandos raided a border village in South Waziristan and
killed 20 people, including women and children, on September 3.
Pakistanis were outraged by the raid and the six-month-old civilian
government issued a diplomatic protest.
It was the first overt incursion by U.S. ground troops into Pakistani
territory, though the U.S. military has conducted numerous missile
strikes against al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistan's tribal lands.
ZARDARI TO MEET BUSH
The U.S. action prompted army chief General Ashfaq Kayani to issue a
statement saying that foreign troops would not be allowed on Pakistani
soil and Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be
defended at all costs.
Pakistani troops fired on two U.S. helicopters that crossed the border
at the same village, Angor Adda, a week ago, again forcing them to turn
back, according to residents and security officers.
Pakistan and the United States issued denials.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to meet President
George W. Bush on Tuesday in the United States, and is also due to
attend the U.N. General Assembly.
Pakistan's support is regarded as crucial to the success of Western
forces trying to stabilize Afghanistan, and in the fight against al
Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, held
talks in Islamabad with top Pakistani officials last week. Mullen
"reiterated the U.S. commitment to respect Pakistan's sovereignty," the
U.S. embassy said in a statement.
The United States is Pakistan's largest donor, and the dissonance
between them has been a factor pushing down Pakistani shares and the
rupee because Pakistan needs an inflow of dollars to rebuild rapidly
depleting foreign currency reserves to prop up its ailing economy.
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