ISLAMABAD: With US top military commander Asmiral Mike Mullen holding talks with Pakistan’s political and military leadership holding here Wednesday, four missiles were fired by an unknown and unmanned aircraft at Baghar Cheena village after sunset. A Dera Ismail Khan based journalist Saeedullah Khan who runs his own FM Radio and works for several national and international news organizations told,”target of missiles was residence of an elder of Ahmadzai tribe. There are reported casualties but authorities have not revealed any casualty to ocal media”.
Village Baghar Cheena i located in South Waziristan on the border of Afghanistan. According to last reports seven people were killed but their nationalities could not be ascertained.
Adm Mullen arrived on his unannounced visit to Islamabad on Tuesday evening and met Prime Minister Gilani on Wednesday. The men discussed “measures to defuse tension between the two countries, following a spate of air and ground violations along the Pakistan-Afghan border”, APP said. The US embassy in Islamabad said: “Admiral Mullen reiterated the US commitment to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and to develop further US-Pakistani co-operation and co-ordination on these critical issues that challenge the security and well-being of the people of both countries.”
Earlier this month, Adm Mullen said he was not convinced Western forces were winning in Afghanistan. He called for “a new, more comprehensive strategy” to deny militants bases across the border in Pakistan. His visit come two days after Pakistani troops were reported to have fired shots into the air to stop US troops crossing into the South Waziristan tribal area.
The tribal region is one of the main areas from which Islamist militants launch attacks into Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s military confirmed firing but denied that Pakistani troops were involved. Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told the Associated Press on Tuesday that “no incursion is to be tolerated”.
But he stressed to the BBC that no specific orders had been given to open fire if US troops crossed the border from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, British Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who is also in Islamabad, says operations along the border should be done “in a way that is not counterproductive”. “We believe that these matters have to be subject to consent of the Pakistan government because Pakistan is a sovereign nation,” he told the BBC on Tuesday.
Courtesy Arab news