US bombardment an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty: Kasuri
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Jan 17, IRNA
Pakistan has described the United States' bombardment last week of a tribal area in the country as an attack on its sovereignty.
According to a local private channel on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said during an interview with a foreign television pointed out that such incidents would benefit those who were opposed to Pak-US cooperation.
The minister said that the government of Pakistan had condemned such incidents in the past, but decried the attack on Bajaur Agency as the biggest ever and highly condemnable.
The attack, which left at least 18 persons including six children and as many women and some cattle dead, has triggered countrywide protests against the United States.
Some opposition leaders have demanded that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz cancel his official visit to America.
The Foreign Office has summoned US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C Crocker and apprised him of the reaction of the government.
The minister made it clear that no foreign forces would henceforth be allowed to carry out actions against terrorists inside Pak territory.
However, he added that Pak-US secret agencies were engaged in cooperation to fight out the menace of terrorism.
Several political and religious parties held protest
demonstrations in different parts of the country to show their indignation over the gory act.
The combined opposition filed an adjournment motion with the upper house of Parliament on Sunday demanding suspension of routine business in order to hold a detailed discussion on the issue.
Reports have suggested similar incidents taking place in different parts of Pakistan's tribal areas from time to time.
US planes have been violating Pakistan's airspace, firing rockets and bombing areas, the reports said.
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