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Pakistan Border Troops Free to Retaliate If Attacked, Dawn Says

December 01, 2011

Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s army chief, General Parvez Ashfaq Kayani, has told his troops they can respond to any future attacks by NATO or U.S. forces without waiting for orders from senior officers, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Kayani directed his soldiers to retaliate against any act of aggression with full force regardless of the cost and consequences, the report said, citing a message drafted by Kayani for troops. NATO helicopters based in Afghanistan killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in an attack on border posts Nov. 25. The U.S.-led force is investigating the incident.

--Editor: Mark Williams

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