Pakistan senate condemns US-led coalition attack

September 4th, 2008 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 4 (Xinhua) Pakistan’s senate Thursday condemned an attack by Afghanistan-based coalition troops on a Pakistani border region that killed 20 people. A unanimously adopted resolution of the senate decried the attack as “a gross violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

“It also undermines the basic norms of international law and contradicts the very basis of cooperation between Pakistani security forces and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force), the coalition forces in Afghanistan,” it said.

US commandos based in Afghanistan supported by three helicopter gunships Wednesday carried out an attack in the Angor Adda area of the South Waziristan tribal district of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Provinces. At least 20 people, including women and children, were killed in the attack.

Any incursion inside the Pakistani territory and resulting loss of innocent lives is unacceptable, the resolution said, adding “this matter may be taken up strongly with member countries of the ISAF.”

The senate also called upon the government to take all necessary measures to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and repel such attacks in the future with full force.

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