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Pakistan threatens to retaliate against US

Press TV [1]
Monday, Sept 8, 2008

A spokesman for Pakistan’s army, Major Murad Khan, has slammed Washington for killing Pakistani civilians, warning of retaliatory action.

“Border violations by US-led forces in Afghanistan, which have killed scores of Pakistani civilians, would no longer be tolerated, and we have informed them that we reserve the right to self defense and that we will retaliate if the US continues cross-border attacks,” Khan said in an exclusive interview with Press TV.

His warning came after US forces launched cross-border attacks in tribal areas in Pakistan’s North Waziristan, killing at least 20 civilians and wounding 25 others on Monday.

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In recent months, there has been an increase in missile strikes on what the US claims are militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas. US strikes on Pakistani territory have killed scores of civilians this year and have sparked national outrage.

The US accuses Pakistan of not doing enough to contain militancy in its tribal zone. Washington claims that Pakistan’s policy of holding reconciliation talks with tribal leaders has led to an increase in the number of militants crossing into Afghanistan to attack American soldiers.

But Khan maintains that “Pakistan is capable of fighting tribal militants without foreign help.”