Pakistani army lodges protest over NATO incursion

10:19, May 18, 2011      

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The Pakistani army on Tuesday lodged a strong protest and demanded a flag meeting cross the border with Afghanistan after NATO helicopters landed strike at an army post in Pakistan's border area and injured two troops in the morning.

"Two NATO helicopters violated Pakistan air space today at Admi Kot Post, North Waziristan Agency in the early hours of the morning.The troops at the post fired upon the helicopters and, as a result of exchange of fire, two of our soldiers received injuries," the army said in a brief statement.

A security official in North Waziristan said 20 Pakistani paramilitary troops were manning the check post when NATO shelling struck it.

The Pakistani military said it had demanded a meeting between military officials at the border.

North Waziristan is in Pakistan's tribal belt that is home to several militant outfits that target foreign forces across the border into Afghanistan. Though U.S. drones launch frequent attacks in the area, Pakistan does not permit any form of NATO troop movement on its territory.

In September 2010, a U.S. helicopter strike that killed two Pakistani soldiers at a different border checkpost riled relations between the two allies. Following the incident, Pakistan's army chief ordered closure of a border crossing point used by NATO supply convoys. The standoff ended till Washington apologized.

Source: Xinhua
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