Pakistan to deploy air defence weapons on Afghan border

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  1. Galaxy

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    Pakistan to deploy air defence weapons on Afghan border


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    Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to deploy air defence weapons on its border with Afghanistan to pre-empt fresh attacks by NATO and allied forces in the wake of a cross-border air strike that killed 24 soldiers, according to a media report today.

    The decision to deploy air defence weapons was made as the country re-evaluates its strategy for safeguarding its western borders from air raids, the Pakistan Army’s Director General of Military Operations, Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, told the federal cabinet and the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence during briefings on Thursday.

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    Paramilitary soldiers patrol the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman on 2 December 2011. after Saturday's NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani troops. Saeed Ali Achakzai/Reuters

    “After the November 26 NATO attack on two military check posts in the Mohmand Agency, we fear an attack from the western border. Hence a decision has been taken to deploy air defence weapons in that region,” a participant of one of the briefings told the Dawn newspaper.

    Pakistan closed all NATO supply routes and asked the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase by 11 December following the air strike.

    The DGMO said the army chief, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, had given troops full liberty to retaliate to any further attacks without prior approval of the top command.

    He said that Pakistan border posts were currently equipped with small weapons suitable for fighting insurgents and bunkers had been built.

    Ahmed said the coordination mechanism between Pakistani and NATO forces had been “completely violated” and there were reasons to believe that the air strike was a “planned attack, and not a mistake”.

    Ahmed said Pakistan had recalled 19 of its 31 officers from border coordination centres for “consultations”.

    Another participant of the briefings said Ahmed pointed out that the commander of International Security Assistance Force, Gen John Allen, had met Kayani on 26 November, hours before the border posts were attacked by NATO aircraft.

    He said when the matter was taken up with Allen the next day, he expressed ignorance.

    “According to him (Allen) no such attack was planned, giving rise to speculations that certain operations are conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Special Operation Forces on their own and about which NATO and ISAF are kept in the dark,” Ahmed was quoted as saying.

    Explaining the sequence of events, Ahmed said a post code-named Volcano was first attacked by two NATO helicopter gunships at 12.15 am on 26 November. A nearby check post, code-named Boulder, hit back with 12.7 mm anti-aircraft weapons and mortars after the first attack.

    Ahmed said the army’s General Headquarters learnt of the incident at 12.35 am. Subsequently, Boulder post too was attacked and all communication with both posts was snapped.

    Minutes before the disruption, the company commander left for the posts to assess the situation. This officer lost his life after the helicopters re-engaged the posts.

    Another officer sent later saved his life by sheltering in a bunker when he saw the helicopters.

    He said the entire operation lasted almost two hours.

    Ahmed said the two posts were located at a place from where there had been no cross-border infiltration, though militant attacks from the Afghan side had been frequent.

    The two posts, he said, could not be mistaken for militant havens as the Afghan side had been given all information about the number of Pakistani posts and their locations.

    The DGMO further said the Pakistan Army believed that NATO was monitoring radio transmissions that night and knew they had hit Volcano post.

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  3. Bhadra

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    Pakistan to deploy air defence weapons on Afghan border[/]

    The essence of the topic should be:

    Pakistan to deploy Chinese air defence weapons on Afghan border

    Well that many less for Indian mirages to neutralise. Good move by USA, two posts more please.
     
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    Iran can take out UAV, but Pakistan cannot, simply because Pakistan has sold itself to highest bidder (USA).
     
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    MADE IN CHINA Missiles hmmmmmmm.
     
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    ISLAMABAD: A senior Pakistani military officer said a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan last month was pre-planned, newspapers reported on Friday, comments likely to fuel tension with the United States.

    Major general Ashfaq Nadeem, director general of military operations, also said Pakistan, a strategic US ally, would deploy an air defence system along the border to prevent such attacks, the newspapers said.

    The newspapers said he made the remarks to a Senate committee on defence on Thursday. Military officials were not immediately available to comment.

    The Daily Times said Nadeem described the attack as a plot while another newspaper quoted him as saying it was a "pre-planned conspiracy" against Pakistan.

    "We can expect more attacks from our supposed allies," Nadeem was quoted as saying during his briefing, The Express Tribune reported.

    US and Pakistani officials have offered differing initial accounts of what happened.

    Pakistan said the attack was unprovoked, with officials calling it an act of blatant aggression -- an accusation the United States has rejected.

    Two US officials told Reuters that preliminary information from the ongoing investigation indicated Pakistani officials at a border coordination centre had cleared the air strike, unaware they had troops in the area.

    Nadeem ruled out the possibility that NATO forces may have thought they were firing on militants, who often move across the porous frontier and attack Western troops.

    One newspaper reported that he told the Senate committee that militants do not leave themselves exposed on mountain tops, like the ones where the Pakistani border posts were located.

    Pakistan responded to the attack by suspending supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    Idle drivers of trucks carrying fuel and other supplies to the neighbouring country fear being attacked by Pakistani Taliban militants who oppose cooperation with NATO.

    Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at such trucks in the southwestern city of Quetta in Baluchistan province on Thursday night, setting fire to 29 vehicles, police officials said.

    Washington, which sees Pakistan as critical to its efforts to stabilise Afghanistan ahead of a combat troop pullout in 2014, has tried to sooth fury over the NATO incident.

    President Barack Obama called Pakistan's president to offer condolences over the strike that provoked a crisis in relations between the two countries. He stopped short of a formal apology.

    Pakistan boycotted an international conference in Germany on the future of Afghanistan because of the NATO attack.

    US-Pakistani ties were already frayed after the secret US raid in May that killed al Qaeda leaderOsama bin Laden.
    Pakistan army believes NATO attack planned says reports - The Times of India

     
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    Pakistanis know that the Americans know how they have been operating near their border posts. Taliban fighters are all located close to the paki outposts to give them cover. NATO has blown that cover now. Expect more fireworks. It will get nasty if any missile was to bring down a NATO chopper.
     
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    If at all the pakistanis attack any chopper of the N.A.T.O. ever, then it will be a full fledged attack by the N.A.T.O.
     
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    Pak military should just shut the f**k up. The lies are just making things worse.
     
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    The Pak military leadership is hopelessly delusional; I am convinced of that.
     

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