Nato investigating Pakistan cross-border attack

Published: September 30, 2010
A file photo of a Nato-led coalition soldier firing during an operation against militants. PHOTO: REUTERS

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

KURRAM AGENCY: Nato said Thursday it was investigating claims by Pakistani security officials that three of their soldiers were killed in a cross-border attack by coalition helicopters based in Afghanistan.

“Early this morning, a coalition force observed what they believed was a group of insurgents attempting to fire mortars at a coalition base in the border area of Dand Patan district, Paktiya province,” Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in statement to AFP.

“A coalition air weapons team was called for fire support and engaged the insurgents,” it said. “The team reported they did not cross into Pakistan airspace and believed the insurgent location was on the Afghan side of the border.”

After being informed by Pakistan military officials that their border forces had been hit, ISAF said it was working with the Pakistanis “to ascertain if the two events are linked”.

“The matter remains under investigation,” it said.

Pakistani security officials said the incident took place in Mandato Kandaho village northwest of Parachinar, the main town of Kurram district close to the Afghan border in Pakistan’s tribal belt.

Nato helicopters strike security check post in Kurram

Three Pakistani security personnel have been killed and three have been injured in an attack by Natoled International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) helicopters on a checkpoint in Kurram Agency.

Reports coming out of the area say Nato targeted the checkpoint in Mandato Kandaho, which is about five kilometres inside Pakistan.

AFP quotes a senior security official as saying it was an unprovoked attack that took place early morning. He said Nato helicopters entered Pakistani airspace and targeted a paramilitary checkpost killing three soldiers and wounding three others.

This is the third time in a week that Nato helicopters have violated Pakistani airspace.

Islamabad has protested against the violations on two occasions. A protest against this recent attack is yet to be seen.

Earlier in 2008, an American jet bombed a Pakistani checkpoint in Mohmand Agency killing 11 Pakistani soldiers. The attack caused outrage across Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • JimBob
    Sep 30, 2010 - 9:22AM

    Welcome to Cambodia…Recommend

  • Zain
    Sep 30, 2010 - 9:33AM

    If the army or the government doesn’t take any steps now! We are completely sold out, might as well just let America invade us! Not like it already hasn’t!Recommend

  • kamal
    Sep 30, 2010 - 10:03AM

    If a comapny takes too much loan from bank and does not payback then bank officer runs that co.Same thing happens with country…Recommend

  • Beenish
    Sep 30, 2010 - 10:05AM

    This is scary.. They have killed our security personnel.. why would they strike a check post.. this is not normal and is someone even taking notice of it ??Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Sep 30, 2010 - 10:22AM

    They have killed our security personnel… and our government record our protest….is thy joking with pubilc….Recommend

  • Sep 30, 2010 - 10:23AM

    It is a test of our Army. some non sense people invite army to take over the country but thats not army’s duty. Here comes his duty to safeguard Pakistan’s territory.They should do their job and make us proud by protecting Pakistan’s land not overtaking Government.We hope Kiani will play his role in stopping attacks because if we fail to stop them now then one day they will officially invade into Pakistan. Request to Kiani Please do not play any role in supreme court-Government matters just fulfill your real duty by protecting your motherland.Thats our demand and thats our constitution says….
    We Love Army…….. we Love Pakistan………Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 30, 2010 - 10:26AM

    But why all this took place. There must be either some misunderstanding or lack of communication on both sides of the border. Why they killed our security personnel is a matter of deep concern which must be looked into in black and white?Recommend

  • Shaukat
    Sep 30, 2010 - 10:43AM

    Now Pakistan should have to burn every NATO supply truck.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Sep 30, 2010 - 11:27AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Unfortunately our leaders now-a-days have been with each other like cats and dogs just to be in the government versus Supreme Court and their all attention is on their constitutional matters to find the ways that how corrupt and NRO certified President Zardari can be protected from presenting in Supreme Court and our leaders are showing extreme effrontery by only protesting on these attacks.If they have been unable to control these attacks then allow Pakistan Army to control these cruel and brutal attacks.Now showing only the protests time has gone and the time has come to take strong,stern and strict steps practically against these attacks instead of showing weakness and protesting.This is our leaders’ extreme meanness and shamefulness they are showing in this regard because their own security has been on priority basis than the nation’s security and the most importantly it has been confirmed that our leaders have introduced themselves as the slaves and beggars before the modern world and slaves and beggars are only for the obeying not for the ruling and when advanced nations shall give you aid in begging they also have right to kill your people whenever and wheresoever they will desire because our leaders have sold their and the whole nation’s grace,honor,dignity and self-respect against the Dollars and Euros in the hands of non-muslims and Allama Iqbal said for this occasion the most accurately “Baatil kay iqtadar mein taqwa ki aarzo, Kitna haseen faraib hai jo kha rahay hain hum” and “Apni millat pey qayas aqwam-e-maghrib sey na kar, khas hai tarkeeb mein qaum-e-Hashmi”Recommend

  • ADE
    Sep 30, 2010 - 11:39AM

    Outrageous….and out of words again~Recommend

  • Bunty
    Sep 30, 2010 - 11:46AM

    This is a slap on the face for Pakistan’s so-called international ‘cooperation.’ Army should stop all NATO supplies and consider carrying out a similiar response air strike.Recommend

  • Daubic
    Sep 30, 2010 - 12:01PM

    Mr. Shaukat, your comments ‘Now Pakistan should have to burn every NATO supply truck.’ make me to laugh. If they do that, the country would become bankrupt within few hours. After-all, you are running your government with the funds from IMF and US-EUROPEAN countries. If you dare to touch them, prepare to hold the begging bowl in your hands.Recommend

  • Chaudhry
    Sep 30, 2010 - 12:08PM

    What is the use of being the only Nuclear Islamic country if we cannot defend ourselves. They are deliberately killing our soldiers and civilians but our Govt. keep on lodging strong protests. Our Army should take some retaliatory measures to make NATO understand that we know how to defend ourselves. Being Muslims, we should not be afraid of anyone except ALLAH.Recommend

  • Sep 30, 2010 - 12:39PM

    Please most disciplined military! protect our interests and honour! Recommend

  • SK
    Sep 30, 2010 - 1:02PM

    Govt. has already started blocking NATO supplies- even I am not a supporter of this govt, we MUST now support govt efforts and raise a unanimous voice against NATO. We keep stopping their supplies for 4 days, and miracles will start happening- let’s keep the courage going u guys.Recommend

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
    Sep 30, 2010 - 1:17PM

    S, this is the way NATO repays its major non-NATO partner. The question is if Taliban can shot down so many big and small helicopters why can’t a nuclear armed armed country also bring down such invaders. They will not be dettered by stopping NATO supplies for a few hours in Pakistan. NATO only understands one language i.e. retaliation of 10 times the magnitude of their attack.Recommend

  • qasim
    Sep 30, 2010 - 1:19PM

    Impotent government. Kaira, come forward and start brawling that it is just a mistake.Recommend

  • Sep 30, 2010 - 1:33PM

    Yes we should stop their supplies, and when they threaten to stop aid and support we should all tell them to keep their money because we will all pay our taxes! Right?Recommend

  • SK
    Sep 30, 2010 - 1:44PM

    Unfortunately I can’t reject your statement and yes it is one BIG black scar on our faces but you also need to understand a very simple fact that no one anywhere especially in the west pays a penny to even one’s own brother without a cause, so what so called aid is being given is basically cost of fighting a war which is not Pakistan’s own and rather is for the sake US & Europeons’ goals.
    Secondly, if you really believe that stopping NATO supplies will force us to beg even for more, then please understand that we will be alive to beg but 150K+ western soldiers will be dogs’ food in Afghanistan in weeks if not days without the arms, ammo and the food which gets carried in the form of these supplies so understand the real stakes before making up your mind.Recommend

  • Z Ali
    Sep 30, 2010 - 2:01PM

    Sahme on Mr Qaira . If they cant do any thing then why he said yesterday that Pakistan will reply if they enter in Pakistan border.Is it seems funny .
    Drone comes to Pakistan daily basis as there second home and goes back then why not about Gunship comes with poilet.I should sugest US that they should make dorne like gunship . Then pakistan wont speak.

    Any ways its the game of Hide and seek or Rat and Mouse (may be Tom & Jerry Show) directed by annoymous.
    Pakistan is 50 50 drama now.Lets see more things.

    Pakistan condition is like cance paitiant. Its right time for major surgery. Other wise every thing will be vanish.The surgen must be Allah. We have trusted the mankind since 1947.Recommend

  • imran
    Sep 30, 2010 - 2:33PM

    This is well calculated move by NATO command and they are passing some kind of a message. The best asnwer be to such provocations is that Pakistan security forces vacate that area and leave it un attended and ask Nato to guard it.Recommend

  • Hira Mir
    Sep 30, 2010 - 3:25PM

    @imran. Strategic alliance of Pakistan with nato forces is important which the terrorist in the region will try to exploit. We must be very careful as this is a sensitive position.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Oct 1, 2010 - 10:13AM

    Still i am unable to understand this so called war on terror and our alliance.All the time the damned allies called us the coalition partners but they are unable to avoid their nature to insert dagger from behind.In this i would like to make responsible Pak Army too for the death of their own personals.Because from the civilian govt. one can expect actions just like ” we have stopped the supply chain of NATO untill they don’t apologies”.But armies are made for what to kill their own personal from allies or to defend their counrty.It just seems that NATO does after certain interval “coalition parterns’ killing exercises”.More Killings more reward.
    @ Hira:- sorry i won’t agree with you still we have to be pateint? how long?You cant realise the ground reality until you wont face it.Recommend

  • Hira Mir
    Oct 1, 2010 - 1:30PM

    @nadeem. I do not consider Taliban to be our people. Military intensity must be kept high on them to completely vanish them from the face of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Common Sense
    Oct 2, 2010 - 8:28AM

    The ISAF/NATO/US would not need to enter Pakistan in order to pursue the Taliban and other extremists groups if the Pakistani Army was doing its job. Sadly, the Pakistani Army is too busy living in a fantasy world where India would attack from the east and attempt to subjugate Pakistan and her sovereignty.

    India will not attack Pakistan. If India does attack Pakistan, it will be scrutinized and you can fully expect America to do its utmost to punish India if it ever decides to commit such a deed. Its unfortunate that many Pakistanis today consider India and America to be the real enemy instead of the Islamic extremists and the Taliban who have embarrassed Muslims around the world and misrepresented the Islamic faith.

    The real enemy is the Taliban, Islamic extremists, and ignorance of the facts and NOT India, America, or whomever else one may fantasize about.Recommend

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