Militant incursions forced Nato raids in Pak: Isaf

Published: October 1, 2010
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A file photo of a Nato-led coalition soldier firing during an operation against militants. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of a Nato-led coalition soldier firing during an operation against militants. PHOTO: REUTERS

Senior International Security Assistance Forces (Isaf) spokesman Brigadier General Josef Blotz has claimed that frequent militant incursions forced Nato to launch raids inside Pakistani territory.

He expressed his views in Express 24/7 programme Witness with Quatrina.

Blotz explained that the Isaf struck what was believed to be an insurgent group inside the Afghan border. He said the aircraft then received small-arms fire from individuals just across the border in Pakistan.

He admitted that Isaf did indeed enter Pakistani airspace after coming under fire.

Blotz said that though ISAF respects Pakistan’s sovereignty, it is important to enagage insurgents where they are.

He claimed that mechanisms are in place for cooperation between Isaf, Pakistan military and Afghan national security forces for incidents like these.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 1:38PM

    Pakistan also claims that we are facing cross border insurgency,,, so its means that we are also authorized to cross the border and kill those terrorist who are using Afghan soil against us…
    Specially in Balochistan , where extremist are funded and planned in Afghanistan. So our army should cross border and bombed the terrorist alleged safe heavens ,,, and if nato fire on our copter they should also face the same… Recommend

  • Hira Mir
    Oct 1, 2010 - 1:53PM

    This maybe a new strategy by the militants to hurt the security of Pakistan, we must devise a new and brilliant strategy that will give us maximum security at recent time.Recommend

  • ADE
    Oct 1, 2010 - 2:15PM

    @Ghulam Shabbir…totaly agree with you saidRecommend

  • Mir
    Oct 1, 2010 - 3:20PM

    “Can” and “should” are not “will do”.Recommend

  • SK
    Oct 1, 2010 - 3:28PM

    Dear ISAF leadership,
    My humble suggestion for you is to stop being slippery, come up with one reason and learn to stand by it. In the las 3-4 days, we have seen as many statements.
    Remember that when one takes wrong decision, he has to pay for it, so you shouldn’t think that Paksitani nation’s reaction would dilute if you changed and came up with some justification.Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 4:26PM

    What a lousy justification. Everybody knows they are doing this as a pressure tactic to engage Pakistan in a millitary operation in N. Waziristan.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Oct 1, 2010 - 8:50PM

    I fully support this when Pakistani army refuses to go after militants in the North Waziristan,effectively providing them safe havens. Recommend

  • a friend
    Oct 1, 2010 - 10:52PM

    what you so is what you reap…Recommend

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