Islamabad, Nov 30: Pakistan defence sources have ruled out the possibility of a joint investigation into the November 26 NATO attack that claimed the lives of around 28 soldiers of the country.
Pakistan’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmad has said that Islamabad is not satisfied with the NATO and ISAF justification that the raids were conducted as a sequel to an operation initiated by Pakistani troops, and said raids on Pak posts were ‘unprovoked’.
Their claim that these were not targeted attacks or that the top commanders were unaware are ‘blatant lies’, The Nation quoted him, as saying.
He said in just seven to 15 minutes, ISAF and NATO were informed at various levels that Pakistani posts were under attack, but the attacks allegedly still continued.
On being asked why troops were not equipped to repel such raids, he replied that troops were deployed only to take action against terrorists moving on both sides of the fence.
He said the defence of the Line of Control was totally different.
“We can’t afford the luxury of deploying similar weapons and equipment on both eastern and western borders at the same time, and we are not technologically as well equipped as NATO and ISAF forces are. Pakistan’s military presence on the western border is not to attack allied forces. Had this been the case, our deployment would have been entirely different,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has insisted that NATO attack on the country’s security post, leading to deaths of around 28 soldiers, was not accidental, and therefore, only an apology is not enough.
“Pakistan cannot see its soldiers being killed by allied forces any more,” she added. (ANI)