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Pakistan slams US military chief's statement

Pakistan on Thursday denounced a statement by the US military chief on cross-border attacks against the militants and said that only Pakistani troops could take action against the terrorists on Pakistani side of the shared frontier with Afghanistan.

“Pakistan wants to clarify that on its side of the border along Afghanistan, it is the Pakistani troops who have the sole responsibility to take action against the terrorists,” said foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq while addressing his weekly press briefing.

He was asked to comment on the statement by the US joint chiefs of staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen in which he had claimed the other day (July 2) that the United States 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.

“The US army can take whatever action they want against terrorists on the Afghan side but on the Pakistani side, our troops have the sole responsibility to take action,” he said. He also referred to the statement by assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher at a press conference here on July 2 in which he had made it clear that that it was the responsibility of Pakistani troops to take action against terrorists inside Pakistan.

“Joint investigations are underway into Nato air-strike on a Pakistani post and we hope that the two sides will be able to work out a better mechanism to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future,” he said. He said the Afghan government must share the information relating to its nationals beheaded in Bajaur Agency by militants.

“Pakistan has asked the Afghan government to provide names, passport numbers, visa particulars and the purpose for which the two Afghan were visiting Bajaur Agency,” he said. He said the information would be very useful in the conduct of an inquiry.

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