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Pakistan says US promises probe of air strike that killed civilians

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 23, IRNA
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The United States has assured Pakistan that it will investigate last week's air strike on Bajur tribal region, which had killed 18 people, including women and children.

Pakistan has condemned and protested the United States and had demanded investigation, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told the weekly briefing in Islamabad.

The United States has refused to apologize for the killing of civilians and has warned more tough actions inside Pakistan.

American media had reported that the strike was aimed to target al-Qaeda senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri but Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said in Washington Monday that no evidence has yet been found to substantiate the presence of senior al-Qaeda leaders in Bajur.

President Pervez Musharraf and Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri had told US under secretary that this type of incidents must not be repeated in future, Tasneem Aslam said.

She said, "Pakistan has made it clear to the United States that security within its border is its own business and we are responsible for taking action against any terrorist inside our border and we are taking it."
Pakistan is working as partner with the international community in war against terrorism which is in its own national interest as it wants to eliminate terrorism and extremism, she added.

She said that there is no agreement that gives right to any country to violate Pakistani territorial integrity.

Pakistan will be raising this issue in the tripartite commission which is meant for coordination between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States, she said.

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