No intention of incursion into Pakistan: NATO

July 17th, 2008 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban

Brussels, July 17 (IANS) NATO has denied media reports about build-up of hundreds of its troops in Afghanistan for eventual incursion into Pakistani territory to fight Taliban insurgents, EuAsiaNews reported Thursday. NATO spokesman James Appathurai told reporters Wednesday that the reports published in Indian and Pakistani media were “inaccurate”.

“There is not, nor is there going to be an incursion of NATO troops into Pakistan. There is no planning for that and there is no mandate for that and there is no troop movement in that direction,” he said.

“Let me be very clear to the Indian press, the Pakistani press, the international press that there is no planning for, intention for incursion of NATO troops into Pakistan,” Appathurai said at his weekly press briefing.

NATO has some 50,000 troops under its ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

Appathurai said that ISAF troops in Afghanistan have the right to fire back in self-defence into Pakistan if they are fired on from Pakistan.

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