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Pak has right to self-defence so does US

- December 03, 2011 - Updated 913 PKT - From Web Edition

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 Pervaiz 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 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.


Pentagon spokesman said every sovereign nation has the right to order their troops to defend themselves.


"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.


Reader Comments
A snake entered its head into the nest of a sparrow and received a peck by the sparrow on the head as she wanted to save the squabs under her wings. The snake took no notice of it and gulped them all and left the nest saying, "The sparrow pecked on my head so I ate it in self-defence." The world should realise the actions of an aggressor are never backed by the notion of Self- Defence.

Aik Pakistani
Break 'Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt John Kirby's' face the next time Nato dares to walk/fly over this side of the Af-Pak border.

Capt. Kirby, I appreciate your statement for recognition of Pakistan's right to defend its borders but you added that the U.S has the same rights too. I agree with you without a shadow of doubt but U.S doesn't have the right to violate borders & air space of Pak.Keep in mind that Pakistan is not a colony of U.S, it's a sovereign state & U.S must respect its status. The recent delibrate attack was a violation & an act of aggression. U.S killed 24 soldiers, no civil society allows it at all.

mere mutabiq
Yes, right to self-defence is a God given right. But your military is sitting in our region, and it is not Pakistani military sitting in North America. Go back to your country, and leave our region alone.

Hammad Sethi
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