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NATO Apology not enough: Pakistan seeks compensation for murder of soldiers

October 4, 2010

NATO Apology not enough: Pakistan seeks compensation for murder of soldiers

ISLAMABAD – NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has apologised over its Thursday’s cross-border helicopters attack that killed three Pakistani soldiers and injured three others.

Well-placed sources privy to the joint investigation being conducted into the incident by Pakistani military officials, NATO-led ISAF, and US officials in Afghanistan, informed TheNation on Sunday that senior NATO officials have not only regretted the incident but also apologised.

A two-member Pakistan team led by Deputy Inspector General of the Frontier Corps Brigadier Usman Khattak are currently visiting Afghanistan to conduct joint investigation into the recent cross-border NATO attacks.
The Pakistani team, before leaving for Afghanistan, had visited the site and exchanged views with the troops deployed there.

Sources further informed that the Pakistani team, along with ISAF and US counterparts, would also visit the Afghanistan border areas from where the NATO helicopters had crossed into Pakistani territory and attacked the FC outpost.

This was the fourth attack carried out by NATO helicopters in a week ostensibly pursuing militants in Pakistan, which was strongly condemned by Islamabad as a breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
In its swift reaction, Pakistan also blocked the main land route Khyber Pass at Torkhum for NATO convoys carrying supplies to the neighbouring Afghanistan.

“We will review the position when the security situation is normalised,” official sources said, adding that efforts were continuing to resolve the problem through negotiations.

More than 200 trucks and oil tankers have formed queues at the border on the fourth day as they wait to deliver supplies to the 152,000 foreign troops fighting a nine-year Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi will visit NATO Headquarters today (Monday) to take up the matter with the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a bid to seek compensation for losses suffered by Pakistan as result of the NATO attacks.

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