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US Admiral William Fallon stated to the members of Congress that the arrangement they had with Islamabad did not allow them to take direct military actions against targets inside Pakistan.

t is ironic to note here that so many times the US forces have taken action against the targets in tribal areas which were fully supported by the people of tribal areas.

According to the elders of the tribal areas, their areas have been enjoying a special status in the Constitution of Pakistan. The tribesmen can allow the US forces to enter the areas. According to the law of the land, the government of Pakistan cannot challenge the US move. Presently, people of the tribal areas are the direct victims of terrorism.

The people of the tribal areas have attached great hope with the United States as they think being the sole super power the US is duty bound to help the tribesmen in the war on terrorism.

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The following is the full story about the Congressional hearing. The US military does not have permission to conduct operations inside Pakistan’s tribal territory even if it is tipped that Osama bin Laden is hiding in that area, says the commander of the US Central Command (Centcom).

Admiral William Fallon told a congressional hearing that the arrangement they had with Islamabad did not allow them to take direct military actions against targets inside Pakistan.

But he assured members of the House Armed Services Committee that if he received “information on the exact whereabouts of Osama, we’d do everything we possibly could to try to get him.”

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Congressman Gene Taylor, a Democratic member of the committee, however, insisted to know what the Centcom would do “if Osama … was identified to be in a specific building, on a specific street, on a specific village in Waziristan.”

“I do not have permission to go across that border on my own, and to conduct activities within that country, without some arrangement or agreement with the government of Pakistan,” he said.

Admiral Fallon also disagreed with the suggestion that under the Waziristan agreement, Islamabad had given the area to any specific group.

Admiral Fallon said that in a recent meeting with President Pervez Musharraf, he discussed with him “situations in which we might ask for specific help and has been assured that (we) would receive those, should I bring those to him, to his attention.”

He said he could not discuss the agreement’s details, but he could assure the lawmakers that “from the highest level, I’ve gotten his assurance of assistance if we have an issue that we think we need to work.”

Responding to a question from Republican Congressman John McHugh, Admiral Fallon conceded that President Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai “have differing opinion, to put it mildly,” on how to deal with the “complex issue” of the Taliban activities in the tribal belt.

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He said President Musharraf was “pretty eloquent” in taking him through a long list of things that people had “suggested, requested or demanded” that the Pakistanis do and he “met with different reactions from him.”

The Centcom chief said that while discussing “the big picture” with President Musharraf to see “what the level of commitment seems to be from him,” he noted “a couple of significant things.”

President Musharraf, he said, had moved two brigades from the Indian border to the west of the country.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)

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