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May 17, 2021

Pakistan warns U.S. after NATO strike

ISLAMABAD – Tensions among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States jumped a notch Monday, with Pakistan’s prime minister warning there would be “no more business as usual” with Washington after NATO aircraft killed two dozen Pakistan troops, CNN said. The Pakistani Taliban urged Pakistan to respond in kind to the airstrike, which NATO called a “tragic unintended” event.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said in an exclusive interview with CNN Monday that Pakistan was re-evaluating its relationship with the United States. He said the South Asian nation wanted to maintain its relationship

with the United States as long as there was mutual respect and respect for Pakistani sovereignty.

But Gilani highlighted incidents such as the killing of the Pakistani troops and a U.S. raid into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden as violations of his country’s sovereignty.

Meanwhile, a top adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be on a path to conflict.

And unnamed Afghan officials said Sunday that NATO and Afghan forces patrolling near the Pakistan border came under fire from the Pakistani base. But the Pakistani military insisted Monday it had not fired first in the incident.

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