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Pakistan protests coalition forces firing that killed eight people

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 9, IRNA
Pakistan-US-Protest
Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with coalition forces in Afghanistan over the killing of eight people in the country's tribal North Waziristan region in firing from Afghanistan.

People in Waziristan say that US helicopters bombed a house of a local tribesman in the Pakistani border town of Saidgey Friday night, killing eight persons including two children and a woman.

Tribesmen say that the ground US and Afghan forces also crossed into Pakistani territory and took some people with them.

Americans have denied involvement of their troops in the firing but Pakistan has initiated investigations to find out what exactly happened, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told the weekly press briefing.

According to local people, a helicopter also landed in the area and Pakistan is also investigating this report, she said.

To another question she said Pakistan doesn't know who initiated the firing but has protested to coalition forces as they are responsible for security on the other side of the Durand Line, that separate both the countries.

NUCLEAR GROUP: She told a questioner that Pakistan would like the nuclear suppliers group to give same exemptions to Islamabad as it has been given to India regarding peaceful uses of and cooperation in the nuclear technology.

Pakistan is interested in acquiring civilian nuclear technology and power plants which would be under IAEA safeguards.

F-16 PLANES: To a query the Foreign Office spokesperson said the F-16s deal with the United States is intact but their acquisition has been delayed.

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