Pakistan condemns NATO airstrikes

Pakistan strongly condemned the incidents of airstrikes by NATO helicopters, from Afghanistan into its territory.

A Pakistan Foreign Office statement said: “These incidents are a clear violation of the UN mandate under which ISAF operates. The mandate terminates’ at the Afghan border. There are no agreed ‘hot pursuit’ rules. Any impression to the contrary is factually incorrect. Such violations are unacceptable”.

The statement added: “ISAF/NATO has been asked not to participate in any action that violates the UN mandate and infringes upon Pakistan’s sovereignty. In the absence of immediate corrective measures, Pakistan will be constrained to consider response options”.