Respect our sovereignty: Pakistan tells Western powers

September 26th, 2008 - 7:33 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, Sep 26 (Xinhua) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during a speech at the UN General Assembly has urged the Western powers not to violate the country’s sovereignty in the fight against terrorism. “Violating our nation’s sovereignty is not helpful in eliminating the terrorist menace. Indeed, this could have the opposite effect,” Zardari said Thursday.

“Just as we will not let Pakistan’s territory to be used by terrorists for attacks against our people and our neighbours, we cannot allow our territory and our sovereignty to be violated by our friends,” he said.

“Attacks within Pakistan that violate our sovereignty actually serve to empower the forces against which we fight together,” he stressed.

Zardari’s remarks came after the Pakistani military said troops had fired warning shots at two NATO helicopters, which were “well within Pakistani territory”.

The US military has called the incident an “unfortunate misunderstanding”.

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