Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pakistan fires on NATO

The ongoing brinksmanship between Pakistan and the US over cross-border US raids versus Pakistani territorial control continues this week, as a NATO / US helicopter flew close to or in to Pakistan this week.

A Pakistan border post fired warning shots at the aircraft, a development which is not good, but has been brewing for some time after a series of US raids into Pakistan, against the wishes of the government in place. Any Pakistan government which wants to survive increasing support for extremism in the face of US raids into their country, needs to be seen to be doing something about the repeated violations of Pakistani territory.

It would seem that making diplomatic noises is no longer "doing enough" for the government of Pakistan, and they are prepared to warn off the US with actual live fire - a new and worrying development.

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