In a development that pushes US-Pakistan relations further into the realm of uncertainty, the army has authorised its local commanders deployed near the Afghan border to retaliate to any future incursions by Nato forces.
The decision to review the chain of command of security forces stationed at the western border was taken by the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, after consultations with his top commanders in the wake of Nato strikes at the weekend, said a military official.
The change means that from here on in the US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan will also be treated as a potential threat, commented former Federal Administered Tribal Areas secretary Brig (retd) Mehmood Shah.
This is an extremely dangerous move. The Pakistan military lower cadres are already tinged with indoctrination on jihad and militant tendencies. Left to their choice, a confrontation will come quick and all out war is within the realm of possibility. Is this the beginning of Pakistan’s break up? May Allah save this country.