Pakistan decries US claim on cross-border operation

July 3rd, 2008 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban
Islamabad, July 3 (Xinhua) Pakistan Thursday said its army has the sole responsibility of fighting terrorism on its soil and it would not allow cross-border operations by foreign troops in pursuit of the militants. “Pakistan has once again clarified that on Pakistan side of the border along Afghanistan, it is the Pakistani troops who have the sole responsibility to take action against the terrorists,” said foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq.

Sadiq was responding to remarks by US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen that the US military had right to take military action against militants taking shelter in Pakistani territory.

Mullen said Wednesday that the US had the right to take military action in Pakistan or Afghanistan without prior information if it got reliable and concrete intelligence about the presence of top leadership of Taliban and Al Qaeda, including Osama Bin Laden.

Reports earlier said that the US-led forces in Afghanistan had launched some cross-border attacks on the militants on Pakistani territory.

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