A Pakistani border guard stands near an Afghanistan-bound NATO oil tanker after it was reportedly attacked at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday.
In an incident that could lead to even more tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, NATO has confirmed that one of its aircraft engaged in an attack across the Pakistani border, purportedly to fire on suspected militants. In this case, as in many, one side’s claimed self-defense is another side’s act of aggression. —KA
Pakistan says the helicopter attacked a military checkpoint, and that it “strongly disapproves” of violation of its sovereignty.
It has blocked supply routes for US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.
However, if it becomes permanent, the blockade of one of two important routes could lead to a major escalation in tensions between Pakistan and the United States.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said after the border attack on Thursday: “We will have to see whether we are allies or enemies.”