US officers gave incorrect information to their Pakistani counterparts to seek clearance regarding the Nato airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, said a report by The Telegraph on Saturday.
The report quoted a Pakistani military official, while talking to The Sunday Telegraph, saying that the US gave wrong information to the border coordination unit about a suspected Taliban position before the attack while seeking clearance from the Pakistani side to carry out the attack.
“The strike had begun before we realised the target was a border post,” he said. “The Americans say we gave them clearance but they gave us the wrong information.”
The report said that the American pilots were confident that the site was a Taliban base as it was checked with a Pakistani officer that there were no friendly troops present in the area.
According to the report, the Nato troops realised that they had attacked a Pakistani checkpost instead of a Taliban hideout only after dawn.
Pakistan’s relations with the US and Nato have turned cold following an “unprovoked” Nato attack on a Pakistani check post on the Pak-Afghan border which left at least 24 soldiers dead and 12 injured. Pakistan says that the attack was unprovoked, and Nato continued their attack even as Pakistani forces requested them to stop.