US helicopters intrude in Pakistan
Two military helicopters of the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan intruded into Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region, triggering panic among local residents, reports said on Monday. Local residents said the helicopters intruded deep into the Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency, adjacent to Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Sunday afternoon and hovered over the town for more than 10 minutes.
This was the first intrusion by helicopters of the coalition forces into Khyber Agency. The incident occurred almost a week after an air and ground strike by coalition forces on a Pakistani post in the adjacent Mohmand tribal area killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary personnel and 10 tribesmen.
The spy planes of coalition forces have increased their flights over Pakistan’s tribal belt since last week. Spy planes and fighter jets have also increased their flights over North and South Waziristan tribal regions over the past four days. Waziristan is the stronghold of Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud.
President Karzai of Afghanistan issued the threat of entering Pakistan territory during a news conference on Sunday, prompting Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to say that Pakistan will not allow anyone to interfere within its territorial limits.