27 November 2011

Pakistan Lays to Rest Troops Killed in NATO Raid

Things have been pretty busy here with the holiday weekend, so we're posting the info on this a bit late... sorry.

Pakistan is burying the 24 troops killed in a NATO airstrike over the weekend.

Pakistan has buried 24 of its troops who were killed in a Nato airstrike at a checkpoint on the Afghan border.

Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani led mourners in funeral prayers at military headquarters in the north-western city of Peshawar.

The incident on Saturday has heightened already tense relations between Pakistan and the US and Nato.

Nato has apologised, calling it a "tragic unintended incident", and is investigating what happened.

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he had written to Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to "make it clear that the deaths of Pakistani personnel are as unacceptable and deplorable as the deaths of Afghan and international personnel".

It follows a joint statement by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who offered their condolences for the loss of life, backed the investigation into the incident and stressed the "importance of the US-Pakistani partnership, which serves the mutual interests of our people".

While it's not a good thing that we ended up killing 24 Pakistani troops, it's not like they were accomplishing too much chasing around the troublemakers in the border regions.

By: Brant

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