|Afghanistan: A NATO Black Hawk helicopter taking off.|
PESHAWAR (Dawn): NATO gunship helicopters violated Pakistani airspace and entered Pakistani territory where they stayed for 10 minutes before returning, official sources told Dawn.
At least five helicopters were seen flying near the Pak-Afghan border and two of them entered Pakistani territory in Torkham and Pasidkhel.
The helicopters remained in Pakistani airspace for 10 minutes and returned without any action.
Sources said the helicopters crossed over through Shamshad mountains situated between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A few days back, Nato had carried out a massive assault on Taliban positions in the Shamshad mountains and had killed scores of Afghan Taliban members.
Pakistan is yet to respond to the violation and it hasn’t yet been ascertained whether the incursion was deliberate or a slipping over of the helicopters into Pakistani airspace during routine patrolling on account of the rugged mountainous terrain.