In its angry and strong response to the NATO/ISAF attack on its bordering checkpost, Pakistan’s leadership suspended all logistic supply lines and asked the US to vacate the Shamsi Airbase within 15 days.
An emergency meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet was chaired by the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at the Prime Minister’s House. Federal Ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs and members of the DCC attended.
The DCC, according to a press statement, strongly condemned the attack by NATO/ISAF aircrafts on Pakistani border posts in the Mohmand Agency, which killed 25 soldiers and wounded over ten others. The DCC noted that strong protests had been lodged with the United States and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels conveying in the strongest possible terms Pakistan’s condemnation of these attacks which constituted breach of sovereignty, violated international law and had gravely dented the fundamental basis of Pakistan’s cooperation with NATO/ISAF against militancy and terror.
NATO/ISAF attacks have also violated their mandate which was confined to Afghanistan, said the statement.
Pakistan, it added, had clearly conveyed to US/NATO/ISAF its red lines which constituted an integral element of Pakistan’s cooperation that was based on a partnership approach.
“The attack on Pakistan Army border posts is totally unacceptable and warrants an effective national response”, the statement said.
In accordance with the resolution of the Joint Session of the Parliament of 14 May 2011, the statement said further, the DCC decided to close with immediate effect the NATO/ISAF logistics supply lines.
The DCC also decided to ask the US to vacate the Shamsi Airbase within 15 days, it said, adding, the Government will revisit and undertake a complete review of all programmes, activities and cooperative arrangements with US/NATO/ISAF, including diplomatic, political, military and intelligence.
The Prime Minister will take the Parliament into confidence on the whole range of measures regarding matters relating to Pakistan’s future cooperation with US/NATO/ISAF, in the near future.