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The Pakistani Army has been given orders to retaliate against any unilateral strike by the Afghanistan-based US troops inside the country.
Army Spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas confirmed the orders in a brief interview with Geo News on late Thursday night.
The decision was made on the first day of the two-day meeting of Pakistan's top military commanders to discuss the US coalition's ground and air assault in Waziristan region which killed dozens of civilians.
Pakistan's military commanders expressed their determination to defend the country's borders without allowing any external forces to conduct operations inside the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, sources said.
"In his statement, Genral Kayani has represented the feeling of the entire nation, as random attacks inside Pakistan have angered each and every Pakistani," he said.
The army decision followed bloody incursions by the US ground troops into tribal belt as well as a string of missile strikes by CIA-operated drone aircraft.
The reaction also comes after US President George W. Bush approved US military raids on militants inside Pakistan without Islamabad's agreement.
Some political expert predict the break out of an all-out war between the United States troops and Pakistani army following the Bush administration's approval of ground and air assaults inside the country.
Originally posted by xbranscombex
Didnt Russia claim it was just moving forces into Georgia to help out and everyone jumped up and down complaining. Now America thinks it can just send its army across international borders into another sovereign nations land and not expect a reaction from that government!? Think this is a dangerous and high provocative move.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
Yet more people standing up against America.
This is getting interesting. If it was Britain getting bombed because of some 'terrorists' hiding out in Wales, then the exact same principles should apply. Just because it's in the middle east does not make the Pakistani government any worse.
Good for them.
If someone who murdered some of your family hides out in your neighbors house and they let them do it, are you wrong if you go in and get them anyway?
Is the neighbor right to hide them and protect them knowing they are hiding someone who is a killer of innocent people.
Does hiding the murderer and allowing them to go out now and then to do more murders without stopping them, make that neighbor a co-conspirator and guilty of the murders themselves?
Would you owe it to the victims to go in and get their murderer?
Would you owe it to their future, inevitable victims to go get them?