Pakistan rejects US report on airstrikes

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Manju Shukla
Date  24 Jan 2012

Islamabad has formally rejected Washington's claim that the US-led NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26 were justified as self-defense.
 
On Monday, the Pakistani military said that its troops did not fire at US and Afghan forces on November 26, 2011.
 
The United States issued a report on December 22 that stated that Pakistani troops at two border posts fired at US and Afghan forces on the day in question, and thus both US and Pakistani forces were to blame for the deadly incident.
 
“Pakistan does not agree with several portions and findings of the investigation report, as these are factually not correct,” the military said in a statement issued in Islamabad after a detailed review of the US report.
 
The incident chilled relations between the United States and Pakistan.

In response to the attack, Islamabad closed the border crossings used to transfer NATO supplies into landlocked Afghanistan and boycotted an international conference on Afghanistan held in the German city of Bonn on December 5, 2011.
 
Prior to the closure, the supplies would arrive by sea in Karachi, from where they would be carried in long, exposed convoys through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwestern Pakistan.
 
Using other routes, which largely pass through Russia and Central Asian states, has proven to be too costly, both politically and economically

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