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Pakistan:NATO apologizes for shelling Pakistani border checkpoint

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Laaska news  Nov. 27,2011

 

Pakistani soldier stands guard near the trucks carrying Oil supplies for NATO’s forces in Afghanistan. Photo: EPA.
   
 
NATO has acknowledged its responsibility for strikes on two Pakistani checkpoints near the border with Afghanistan, which caused the killing of 24 Pakistani servicemen.

NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called it a tragic and unintended accident. He said that he supports the investigation of this event, which started practically right after it.

The shelling of the checkpoints caused a tough reaction from the Pakistani authorities, which have threatened to review Pakistan’s plans of cooperation with NATO.

Pakistan has also stopped its supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan via the Khyber Pass.

Islamabad condemns NATO air strike in Pakistan

Islamabad has condemned a NATO air strike at an army checkpoint in northwest Pakistan.

The attack has claimed the lives of 25 troops, injuring dozens more.

Reports say an estimated 50 security personnel were present at the post when the strike was launched.

In a phone conversation with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar expressed her indignation over the attack which she described as ‘breaching the norms of international law’.

Pakistan is going to revise its cooperation with the US, NATO and the ISAF – mainly in diplomatic, political and military spheres, the BBC says.

Earlier, Pakistan closed its border checkpoints for the NATO supplies to Afghanistan and asked the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase.

Pakistan to revise relations with NATO, U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have offered their condolences to Pakistan over the death of Pakistani servicemen in a NATO air strike.

Between 25 and 28 soldiers were killed during a NATO air attack on a Pakistani military post.

Islamabad decisively protested the raid and threatened to revise its relations with Washington and NATO.

NATO strike outrages Islamabad

Islamabad has reacted sharply to Saturday’s NATO air strike on a Pakistani military post, in which 25 servicemen were killed.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, speaking with her U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton by telephone on Sunday, expressed outrage over the incident. Earlier, Pakistan halted NATO supply shipments to Afghanistan through its territory and demanded the U.S. withdrawal from the Shamsi air base.

Washington has offered condolences and promised to investigate the attack.

Americans in Pakistan warned to be cautious

The U.S. embassy in Islamabad has advised Americans working in Pakistan to be cautious and stay in doors amid a sharp surge in anti-U.S. sentiments.

Security around the U.S. embassy and consulates in Pakistan has been tightened after 25 Pakistani border guards were killed in a NATO air raid.

The incident has strained the U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Pakistan blocked NATO shipments to Afghanistan through its territory and demanded the U.S. withdrawal from the Shamsi air base.

(BBC, RIAN, TASS, AFP),VOR.
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