Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids
By STEPHEN GRAHAM, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 33 minutes ago
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's military has ordered its forces to open
fire if U.S. troops launch another air or ground raid across the Afghan
border, an army spokesman said Tuesday.
The orders, which come in response to a highly unusual Sept. 3 ground
attack by U.S. commandos, are certain to heighten tensions between
Washington and a key ally against terrorism. Although the ground attack
was rare, there have been repeated reports of U.S. drone aircraft
striking militant targets, most recently on Sept. 12.
Pakistani officials warn that stepped-up cross-border raids will
accomplish little while fueling violent religious extremism in
nuclear-armed Pakistan. Some complain that the country is a scapegoat
for the failure to stabilize Afghanistan.
Pakistan's civilian leaders, who have taken a hard line against Islamic
militants since forcing Pervez Musharraf to resign as president last
month, have insisted that Pakistan must resolve the dispute with
Washington through diplomatic channels.