Pak Tribune & The Daily Times & Agence France-Press & AntiWar.com – 2012-03-02 00:33:37
US Jets Violate Pakistan Airspace
MIRANSHAH (March 1, 2012) — US fighter jets on Wednesday violated Pakistan airspace near the tribal area of Loda Mandi, North Waziristan Agency.
According to eyewitnesses, the US planes entered Pakistan’s airspace at 4:15pm and flew over the Pakistani territory for at least fifteen minutes.
The latest violation took place at critical juncture when US-Pak ties are under tremendous constrains after tragic incident of aerial blitz at the Salala border post in Mohamand Agency last year, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Bilateral relations reached the lowest ebb after Pakistan government suspended supply lines for NATO forces stationed inside Afghanistan.
Pakistan Reports US Warplanes
Crossed into Waziristan Airspace
Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com
DATTA KHEL, North Waziristan (March 1, 2012) — At least six people, all of them civilian tribesmen, were reported “critically injured” today after NATO forces fired artillery shells against a village in Datta Khel, North Waziristan Agency. Four of the wounded were children.
The attack sparked a panic among locals, as well as complaints that the Pakistani national government is unable to keep NATO from attacking the tribal areas. NATO has yet to comment on the strike.
It was the second major incident in North Waziristan in less than 24 hours, as Pakistan is reporting that US warplanes crossed the border into the agency on Wednesday evening, lingering for around 15 minutes before returning to Afghanistan.
The reason behind these incidents is unclear. They further complicate an already rocky relationship with Pakistan, which has been near a breaking point since US warplanes attacked a pair of Pakistani military bases in November, killing 24 soldiers in Mohmand Agency.