– Nato ‘ignored plea to stop attacks’ (Press Association, Nov. 28, 2011):
The Nato air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers went on for almost two hours and continued even after Pakistani commanders had pleaded with coalition forces to stop, the army has claimed.
Nato has apologised for the deaths in Saturday’s incident and promised a full investigation.
The coalition has yet to give its side of the story, but unnamed Afghan officials have said that a joint Afghan-Nato force on the Afghan side of the border received incoming fire from the direction of the Pakistani posts, and called in air strikes.
Ties between Pakistan and the United States were already deteriorating before the deadly attack and have sunk to new lows since, delivering a major setback to American hopes of enlisting Islamabad’s help in negotiating an end to the 10-year old Afghan war.
Army spokesman major general Athar Abbas said the Pakistani troops at two border posts were the victims of unprovoked aggression.
He said the attack lasted almost two hours and commanders had contacted Nato counterparts while it was going on, asking “they get this fire to cease, but somehow it continued”.