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American fighter jets intrude into Pakistani airspace

Last Updated: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 20:28

Peshawar: US fighter jets were today seen
flying over Pakistan`s restive Mohmand tribal region bordering
Afghanistan for almost two hours, local residents and
officials said.

The jets, which were flying at low altitude, intruded
almost 50 km into Pakistani airspace.

They were seen flying over Soran Darra, Ghanam Shah,
Shaikh Baba, Matai and Khazeena Chinari, which are located
west of Ghalanai, the main town of Mohmand Agency.

Officials of the local political administration also
confirmed the intrusion by the US jets.

Local residents said the aircraft flew across the
Afghan border at around 8 am and remained in Pakistani
airspace for almost two hours.

The tribesmen protested against the intrusion by the
US fighters, saying international norms do not allow aircraft
of a foreign country to fly over an independent nation without
its permission.

Tribal elders asked the government to take up the
matter with the UN and vowed to defend Pakistan against "any
foreign aggression".


First Published: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 20:28
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