Karzai May Send Forces To Pakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened Sunday to send troops across the border to fight militants in Pakistan, a forceful warning to insurgents and the Pakistani government that his country is fed up with crossborder attacks.

Karzai said Afghanistan has the right to self-defense, and because militants cross over from Pakistan "to come and kill Afghan and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to do the same."

Speaking at a Sunday news conference, Karzai warned Pakistan-based Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud that Afghan forces would target him on his home turf. Mehsud is suspected in last year's assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

"Baitullah Mehsud should know that we will go after him now and hit him in his house," Karzai said.

"And the other fellow, [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar of Pakistan should know the same," Karzai continued.

"This is a two-way road in this case, and Afghans are good at the two-way road journey. We will complete the journey, and we will get them and we will defeat them. We will avenge all that they have done to Afghanistan for the past so many years."

Pakistan's military referred inquiries to the Foreign Ministry, whose spokesman, Mohammed Sadiq, said he needed to review Karzai's comments before issuing an official response.