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Pak leaders claim airspace violation by NATO

Last Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 22:18

Islamabad: Lawmakers in Pakistan`s
southwestern Balochistan province on Sunday said NATO fighter
planes had violated Pakistani airspace recently.

A provincial minister Engineer Zamruk Khan told the
assembly that the NATO planes had crossed into Pakistani
territory in Qila Abdullah, a district that shares the border
with Afghanistan, in Balochistan province.

He said NATO forces had violated Pakistani airspace by
making a 20 minute low flight in the area two days back.

The minister demanded that the federal government raise
the issue with NATO officials and the US.

Khan, who belongs to the Pashtoon nationalist Awami
National Party (ANP), raised the issue during Balochistan
Assembly session.

Leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) also
expressed their concern over the presence of Americans in the
region and said peace could not be restored until they were
driven out from the region.

There was no statement from the US and NATO about the
airspace violation claim.


First Published: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 22:18

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