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Pakistan protests U.S. missile attack

B. Muralidhar Reddy

ISLAMABAD: In a rare display of anger Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the U.S. Ambassador to the country, Ryan C. Crocker and lodged a "strong protest" against the reported missile attack by American spy planes in a village in the restive Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

The pre-dawn Friday attacks in Bajaur agency purportedly conducted at the behest of CIA on the basis of intelligence reports that the number of two Al-Qaeda, Al Zawahiri was present in the village which resulted in 18 deaths. It appears Washington has maintained that its forces were not engaged in any operations on the Pakistani side of the border.

It is for the second time in a span of 10 days that Islamabad has protested against intrusion of U.S. led coalition planes intruding into its territory in pursuit of suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Adjournment motion

Meanwhile, Opposition parties in Pakistan have moved an adjournment motion to discuss the situation arising out of the U.S. missile attack.

The motion was jointly moved by the Opposition leader Mian Raza Rabbani and Senator Farhatullah Babar of the PPP, Asfandyar Wali Khan and Ilyas Khan Bilour of the ANP and Muhammad Ishaq Dar of PML (Nawaz). The motion alleged that Government of Pakistan did not react to the situation and was "ambivalent" in its response.

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