Pakistan rejects US CENTCOM report on Nato attack

Published: December 27, 2011

In letter to US congress Pakistan says allied forces informed about Pakistani troops, attack not 'miscommunication’. PHOTO: REUTERS/ISPR

Pakistan has rejected US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) report on the Nato attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at Salala check post, Express News reported on Tuesday.

In a letter to the United States (US) Congress, Pakistan says Nato commanders were informed about the presence of Pakistani troops on the border within 15 minutes of the attack, but the firing continued for an hour.

Pakistan stated that since the allied forces were informed, the attack cannot be termed as ‘miscommunication’.

The Pentagon report outlined that US forces had failed to verify the location of Pakistani units before ordering the attack but blamed Pakistani forces for firing first.

Earlier, the American media, quoting a US probe into the airstrike, said that both US and Pakistani forces share the blamed for the attack.

American and Western officials said that that retaliation from allied forces of US and Afghanistan was justified because the Pakistani forces “initiated the fire”.

The officials had revealed that Nato did not inform Pakistan that they were about to launch an operation on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, which resulted in the Pakistani forces opening fire on them.

The American and Western officials further said that the US military investigation report also shunned the accusations from Pakistani forces that they were “intentionally and repeatedly” targeted by the allied forces on November 26.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Pakistani
    Dec 27, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Americans protect NATO forces that way ISPR confirmed this when this happened. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Iron hand
    Dec 27, 2011 - 6:07PM

    The US must address this allegation.

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  • rk from NY
    Dec 27, 2011 - 9:42PM

    of course when has pak accepted any resposibility for anything..all they know is to deny…beg…terrroise neighbors….

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  • Cautious
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:54AM

    Old story — nothing new. Pakistan should have participated in a joint investigation – then both sides would have all the facts. Now it boils down to credibility and Pakistan lost that when OBL was found hiding outside the Pakistan Military Academy.

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  • farhan
    Dec 28, 2011 - 2:10PM

    @rk from NY:
    In 3 seconds,, can you tell us which states touch NY?

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  • Dr Mohammad Ayub
    Dec 28, 2011 - 3:28PM

    The CENTCOM officials utterly failed to convince the world about what happened to the pakistani posts by admitting their incompetence and lack of coordination with allies. The claim of US that pak troops initiated the fire should be owned and justified by our military as to why the americans first crossed the border because armies the world over are there to protect the borders. Pak troops just carried out their duty and if they had not done so then it would have been a negligence and cowardly compromise on national security

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  • Harry Stone
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:24AM

    @Iron hand:

    They have. And as you have stated these are nothing more than allegations. These will not be addressed.

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  • Tim Hover
    Feb 8, 2012 - 7:44AM

    @Harry Stone:

    US is considering an apology my friend, dont just follow what american media feeds you day in day out.

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