International Affairs

NATO incursion: Pak, US launch joint probe

KABUL: The NATO accepting Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s demand has started a joint investigation into the border incursions that killed three Pakistani soldiers last week. The investigation team, led by officials of the Pakistan army, has reached Kabul to this effect. The three Pakistani troops were killed in an early morning raid on Thursday when NATO choppers fired at a Pakistani military post 200 metres inside the border in Kurram Agency.

This was the fourth aerial violation in less than a week, but the first in which soldiers were killed. Reacting to the incident, Pakistan partially shut down a NATO supply route and lodged a protest with the NATO command in Brussels, demanding an apology.

According to defense sources, Army chief raised the issue of repeated border incursions by the NATO troops with the senior US and NATO officials and stressed for action against the responsible and probe into the incident.

The team would also consist of NATO and US officials the demand was accepted by NATO secretary general and ISAF commander Gen David Petraeus. The probe team would to carry out an inquiry and hold talks regarding the attacks. Stern action will be taken against those involved in the cross border attack.

The team of Pakistani army official which arrived in Kabul on Saturday morning held meeting with the high officials of NATO in Kabul and discussion pertaining to border violations were exchanged to identify the elements that were involved in attack and to ascertain the reason as despite warning from security forces of Pakistan why Pakistani check post was attacked.

On the other side a spokesman of ISAF Lt. Gen John Dorean said that since from Thursday noon, Torkham border has been closed, however other passages were opened adding that the issue of closing border would be settled soon as supply convoy has been very necessary for Afghan war and the officials of ISAF and NATO were endeavoring to reopen the Torkham border.

More than 300 containers were parked on Saturday at the border owing to closure of Torkham border and numbers of NATO containers were also waiting green signal at various terminals in Peshawar and Attock.-SANA

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