Bashir and Petraeus in Tampa, March 23, 2010. (US Navy photo)

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir spoke on Wednesday in Islamabad and once again reiterated the official Pakistani line that no foreign helicopter or drone raids would be allowed inside Pakistan. As if in response, we see from Dawn. com that both helicopter and drone attacks occurred again today. How long will this charade of completely different public and real stances be tolerated?

Bashir’s coments were published by ANI and picked up by oneindia news:

Drone or helicopter attacks inside Pakistan’s territory will not be allowed, as that would be an attack on the country’s sovereignty, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir has said, according to a TV channel.

Bashir made these comments while talking to journalists after addressing the annual ceremony of Bahria College in Islamabad, the Daily Times reported.

His remarks came in the wake of reports that the United States has renewed its pressure on Pakistan to expand the areas where CIA drones can operate inside the country.

Yet, a helicopter raid wounded three today:

At least three people were wounded when two Nato gunship helicopters opened fire in North Waziristan’s Dattakhel area after violating Pakistani airspace on Friday, television reports said.

The helicopters, incurring several kilometres into Pakistani territory, struck the Lowara Mandi village in Dattakhel.

Officials have neither confirmed nor denied the incident.

And a drone strike killed four:

Pakistani intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike killed four alleged militants in the country’s northwest.

It’s the latest in a barrage of attacks by unmanned drones on the stronghold of Taliban fighters targeting American and Nato forces in Afghanistan.

The officials said a pair of missiles hit a moving vehicle in Pir Kali village in North Waziristan. The area is home to a mix of Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.

This strange dance of Pakistan publicly saying US incursions are not allowed, while the frequency of the attacks is increased is just one more of the many inconsistencies in US policy in the area. As the photo above proves, Petraeus has spoken with Bashir face to face, so why can’t they at least synchronize their stories?