Monday, January 23, 2006


While the US still unofficially claims it killed "significant" senior Al Qaeda members in air strikes on Pakistan villages last week, the Pakistan government claims no such fighters were killed and they didn't even know the US was going to attack the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

The CIA supposedly had intelligence that proposed that key terrorists were going to all get together in the same room for a dinner. They sent robot planes, armed with Hellfire missiles, into Pakistan airspace and launched up to ten strikes, killing at least thirteen innocent men, women and children and injuring dozens more.

The Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Azis, appearing stunned and angry, told CNN on Sunday, "If you just reflect on what happened, first -- we heard that there was a dinner meeting with all the seniors -- I think that's a bizarre thought, because these people don't get together for dinner in a terrain or environment like that."

Aziz said there was no warning from the US government that these airstrikes on Pakistan were going to occur. He expressed his disappointment that there had been no consultation between the US and Pakistan governments before the slaughter happened.

"We had no idea that this would take place," he said.

Aziz also pointed out that the attack, even if it was by a CIA robot, was a direct violation of a U.S.-Pakistani agreement that demands collaboration before any such attack plans are initiated.