Pakistan, US open joint investigation

Published: October 3, 2010

A file photo of a Nato-led coalition soldier firing during an operation against militants. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan military and the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan launched a joint investigation on Saturday into Nato incursions during the past week.

Military officials confirmed that a joint probe had begun into the repeated Nato border violations but would not share any further details.

The decision to launch a joint investigation came during a telephonic conversation between the top US military commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday.

Some reports suggest a Pakistan military delegation left for Afghanistan to carry out the joint investigation. However, the Foreign Office and Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) did not confirm any such visit.

Meanwhile, The Express Tribune has learnt that Pakistan has requested an early meeting of the Tripartite Commission comprising top military commanders and intelligence officials of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US-led coalition forces.

“We want an immediate meeting of the Tripartite Commission to take up Nato border violations,” a Foreign Office official said. The official said Pakistan requisitioned the meeting in order to raise the issue of recent Nato helicopter airstrikes in the country’s tribal belt.

In one such attack, Nato helicopters fired missiles at one of the security check posts in Kurram Agency, killing three personnel. Pakistan condemned the strikes and sought an apology from Nato over violating its airspace.

The attacks also led to the partial suspension of supplies to the Nato forces in Afghanistan at Torkham border. The supplies remained suspended on Saturday for the third  consecutive day. Almost three quarter of supplies for Nato and Isaf forces in Afghanistan transit through Pakistan.

The supplies are expected to resume soon after General Petraeus and the Nato deputy secretary-general offer regrets to Pakistan and promise to avoid recurrence of such incidents.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani said in an interview to the CNN that supplies will be allowed to pass as soon as security of the convoys can be ensured.

Haqqani said that Pakistan ordered the closure for security reasons after public outrage over the killing of Pakistani troops. “In a situation like that, if the supplies were continuing, there would have been a possibility that there may have been a security situation that we would have to deal with,” Haqqani said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Oct 3, 2010 - 3:10PM

    Pakistan is an independent sovereign state
    it has elected government in center and provinces.

    As a front line ally in the war on terror,Pakistan’s armed forces
    busy in operation against insurgents in tribal areas close to the Afghan border.

    In such circumstances,
    United States should respect Pakistan’s sovereignty
    not violated as has recently done by the Nato forces.
    If it continue,relations between the two countries may be deteriorated
    and in this way,the forces stationed in Afghanistan may face tough
    condition coming a head.Recommend

  • Ben
    Oct 3, 2010 - 4:58PM

    It is now becoming increasingly clear that American drones are not killing for a cause, they are killing in sheer frustrations. This has been exposed by the world media. read more at: link textRecommend

  • Oct 3, 2010 - 6:41PM

    I am so proud, how smartly has our Army dealt with it and strongly reacted to the recent NATO violations. Though the state of affairs has tied our hands to take any drastic actions, but whatever in our capacity we can do, we did it this time. Our Parliamentarians need to learn global diplomacy from our Army. Recommend

  • Umer Farooqi
    Oct 3, 2010 - 6:59PM

    well i think enough is enough, Pakistan should stop all the provided services being enjoying by the NATO SERVICES in Afghanistan i.e should suspend all the supplies through Pakistan. Our govt must have strict stance on the violation of our boundaries by NATO Choppers and now more dazzling thing is they have started killing our soldiers. so y shld we provide our services to those bloody ppl for killing MUSLIMS n innocent Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ajaya Dutt
    Oct 4, 2010 - 5:06AM

    I wonder why Pakistani Gaurds did not shoot at terrorists fleeing back from Afganistan. Why they had to even shoot at the helicopter chasing the terrorists?Recommend

  • Zubair
    Oct 4, 2010 - 11:32AM

    @Ajaya Did you see terrorists fleeing back to Pakistan when NATO helicopter fired on security check post?? It was a blunder done by NATO forces and they were not following terrorists as simple as that..they were searching terrorists and they didn’t identify whom they are targeting. Recommend

  • FAREEHA MIRZA
    Oct 4, 2010 - 3:35PM

    pakistan being an independent state should focuses on their policy matterz like making decisions about their safeguard policies. Integerity of any state is the most important part of any state policy, so try to be independent in their state matter especially defence related one.we shouled not rely on external forces for self defence.we can solve our problems by ourselves.we donot allow america to interfer in pakistan affaiers however the circumstances are there.Recommend

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