U.S. choppers attacked by Pakistani troops
The US- Pak relation is heading for another bitter exchange of words , after this incident of foring on US drones Pakistani troops fired on two U.S. halicopters that intruded in Pakistani airspace on sunday night, forcing them to turn back to Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani security official said on Monday. It was the second such incident in a week, and reflects frayed relations with the United States.Pakistan's failure to act more forcibly against Islamist fighters in the tribal lands bordering Afghanistan .United States Pakistan's largest donor, and the dissonance between them has been a factor pushing down Pakistani shares and the rupee because Pakistan needs an inflow of dollars to rebuild rapidly depleting foreign currency reserves to prop up its ailing economy
The helicopters violated the border in the area of Lowara Mandi, 40 km west of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region, at around 9 p.m. on Sunday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
There was no official confirmation.
"We don't have any information on border violation by the American helicopters," Major Murad Khan, a military spokesman, said.
Residents said drones had been flying overnight and early on Monday over Miranshah but did not attack.
"It's really so scary, we just can't sleep when you hear them flying," said Zia-ur-Rehman, a resident of Hamzoni village near Miranshah.