Pak has right to self-defence so does US: Pentagon

The Pentagon has asserted amid reports from Islamabad that Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had issued direction that his commanders on the Af-Pak border can return fire without permission.

Updated: Dec 03, 2011, 10:54 AM IST

Washington: As a sovereign nation Pakistan
has the right to self-defence, so does the US, the Pentagon
has asserted amid reports from Islamabad that Pakistan Army
Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had issued direction that
his commanders on the Af-Pak border can return fire without
permission.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt John Kirby told reporters
that the last week`s NATO bombing that killed 24 Pakistani
soldiers along the Afghanistan border has had a chilling
effect on the relationship between the two countries.

"I think it`s safe to say that the incident has had a
chilling effect on our relationship with the Pakistani
military, no question about that. Both sides deem it to be as
serious as it was," Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon
briefing.

"I`ve seen the comments attributed to General Kayani. I`m
certainly not going to speak for him or for the government of
Pakistan. But every sovereign nation has the right of
self-defence and the right to order their troops to defend
themselves. That`s what my understanding is what he did: He
reiterated their right of self-defence. We certainly respect
that right of his. We have it as well," Kirby said.

PTI