Beijing: People’s Daily, China’s most influential and authoritative newspaper, with widest circulation, said the United States has flouted international law and fanned terrorism by mounting the NATO/ISAF airstrikes on the Pakistani army’s check-posts. “Above all, we must be clear that the United States and NATO have trampled on international laws and rules,” said a news analysis in the newspaper.
The article titled Anti-Terror War Also Needs Rules said “Islamabad’s grip on domestic security will also be weakened, “adding “This will not only work against the war on terror, it could also leave the risk of long-term turmoil.” “The risk in fighting terror this way is that it will ignite latent sympathy and support for terrorism, as well as hurting many innocent people and damaging international law,” it stated.
“If the US and NATO do not know how to show real respect for Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity similar ‘unintended’ attacks will definitely take place again.” The article written, under the pen name, Bell’s Sound, maintains that “If (the US and NATO) do not… really respect Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, it is possible that similar “accidental bombing” recur.
“The soil nurturing terrorism will become even more fertile, and the space for terrorism to spread even broader,” it said.
People’s Daily newspaper has a daily circulation of around 3.5 million and is published in the Chinese language understood across China.