Sacrificing Our TODAY for the World's TOMORROW
FATA is "Federally Administered Tribal Area" of Pakistan; consisting of 7 Agencies and 6 F.Rs; with a 27000 Sq Km area and 4.5 m population.
MYTH: FATA is the HUB of militancy, terrorism and unrest in Afghanistan.
REALITY: FATA is the worst "VICTIM of Militancy”. Thousands of Civilians dead & injured; Hundreds of Schools destroyed; Thousands of homes raised to ground; 40% population displaced from homes.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2 Pak Soldiers wounded in NATO helicopters attack on Pakistan Military border post (Washington Post, 17 May 2011)

Courtesy: "Washington Post", 17 May 2011
Pakistan: NATO helicopters hit border post 
By Karin Brulliard
ISLAMABAD — NATO helicopters crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan and fired on a Pakistani border post early Tuesday, injuring two paramilitary soldiers, according to the Pakistani army.
Soldiers at the post in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan fired on the helicopters, which prompted an exchange of fire, the military said in a statement. North Waziristan, in Pakistan’s tribal belt, is home to several militant organizations that target international forces across the border in Afghanistan. Though Pakistan secretly allows CIA drones to strike the area, it does not permit any form of NATO troop operations on its territory, and a helicopter strike could heighten the fierce tensions between the United States and Pakistan.
Representatives for the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan said they had been notified about the alleged incursion but could not yet confirm it, news services reported. Other Pakistani officials in North Waziristan said they were also investigating.

A security official in North Waziristan said 20 Pakistani paramilitary troops were manning the border post when shelling struck it. He said more troops were being sent to the area to “overcome” the situation.
The Pakistani military said it had “lodged a strong protest” with NATO and demanded a meeting between military officials at the border.
Last September, a U.S. helicopter strike that killed two Pakistani soldiers at a different border checkpoint riled relations between the two allies. After that incident, Pakistan’s army chief ordered the closure of a border crossing point used by NATO supply convoys. The standoff ended after the United States apologized, saying the helicopter pilots believed the Pakistani soldiers were insurgents who were fleeing into Afghanistan.

Special Correspondent Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar contributed to this report.

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