Islamabad: The United States embassy in Islamabad has denied reports that NATO aircraft had “violated” Pakistan’s airspace close to the Afghan border.
“No NATO aircraft violated the Pakistani airspace in the areas of Burkha and Kharlacha as alleged in reports,” the Daily Times quoted a press release issued by the embassy, as saying.
Earlier, it was reported that despite assuring Pakistan of stopping further intrusions into its territory, NATO aircraft had once again breached the country’s border limits in Kurram Agency on Tuesday.
The helicopters allegedly entered about 600 meters inside Pakistani airspace, and after flying in the area for 10 minutes they returned back to Spin Boldak area in Afghanistan to their airbase.
It comes weeks after three Pakistani Army men were killed in an air strike by NATO helicopters at a military post, 200 metres inside the Pakistani border in Kurram Agency.
It was NATO’s fourth aerial violation of Pakistani territory in less than a week, but the first in which soldiers were killed.
Reacting to the incident, Pakistan had suspended supply convoys along the Khyber Pass route, which links Peshawar in Pakistan with Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and lodged a protest with the NATO command in Brussels, demanding an apology.
The cross-border air strikes, seen by Pakistan as a violation of its territorial sovereignty, had sparked nationwide rumblings over the US-led incursions.