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Opposition terms Osama operation attack on sovereignty

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 9, IRNA -- Pakistani opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, Monday described the unilateral operation by the U.S. Special Forces to kill Osama bin Laden as ‘a major attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty’.

Pakistani political, religious parties, legal community and rights groups are critical at the U.S. raid on a compound where the al-Qaeda had lived without informing Pakistani government.

Several political leaders are even demanding resignations of the President and the Prime Minister for what they call the government to detect the movement of US military helicopters.

“The Osama incident is a major attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence, and self-respect,” Nawaz Sharif said.

He told reporters in Lahore that if action was not taken to stop such incidents in future Pakistan would face more dangers and risks.

The former Prime Minister said that Pakistan is in a crisis and in danger and the nation will have to steer the country out of the crisis. Sharif said that he has convened an urgent meeting of the party top leadership in Islamabad on Tuesday to review the situation arising out of the U.S. operation in highly sensitive Pakistani area.

He also referred to the incident of the CIA contractor Raymond Davis who had killed two Pakistanis in Lahore in late January and said these actions have pushed the country to crisis. He said Pakistani nation is highly concerned over these incidents and there is a need to chalk out a strategy to avoid such incidents in future.

Meanwhile former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri demanded a detailed inquiry as to how the U.S. military helicopters intruded Pakistani airspace and conducted operation for 40 minutes and the Pakistani radar system could not detect foreign helicopters.

Kasuri, a leader of opposition Muslim League (Like Minded group) told as news conference in Lahore that the Pakistani TV channels had immediately reported the crash of a military helicopter involved in the US operation but the Pakistani forces could not take any action.

“There is need for investigation as the people of Pakistan want answers to many questions about our inability to get information about the U.S. 40-minute intrusion,” he said.

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