The commander of the Pakistan's army has ordered the country's military to firmly respond to 'irresponsible' NATO attacks on the country's territory.
On Saturday, Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani condemned the US-led NATO helicopter strikes on two military checkpoints in the country's northwest, which killed 28 soldiers earlier in the day, English-language domestic daily the Nation reported.
General Kayani ordered that the Pakistani forces make necessary arrangements for retaliatory measures, should the Western military alliance repeat such offensives.
Also on Saturday, Pakistan's Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the attacks had directly assaulted the country's sovereignty. She added that the Pakistani government would broach the issue in an appropriate forum.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also strongly condemned the offensives and the country's foreign ministry has summoned the US Ambassador to Islamabad, Cameron Munter, and lodged a formal complaint over the matter.
Islamabad also closed NATO supply routes into landlocked Afghanistan. The forces rely heavily on the routes.