In the following two incidents:
At least 40 Pakistani paramilitary
forces including several high ranking officers have been killed in
clashes with Baloch freedom fighters in Chamalang battle, in
According to details clashes
erupted in the Chamalang mountainous area Sunday evening after Baloch
fighters attacked a camp of Frontier Corps (FC) troops, which continued
until Monday morning.
A spokesperson of Baloch
Liberation Army, Azaad Baloch, informed BBC Urdu that BLA fighters have
killed at least 40 Pakistani soldiers and scores have been wounded in
the battle. He also said that all the machinery, vehicles and other
equipment at the Pakistani troops’ camp have been completely destroyed.
The Baloch fighters also took with them the weapons of Pakistani
One Baloch fighter has been injured the battle against occupying forces who later succumbed to his injuries.
Media sources said that at least
11 FC troops were injured. The bodies of killed soldiers and injured
have been evacuated in helicopters. The injured were airlifted to a
military hospital in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.
Meanwhile the Baloch National
Voice has said that Pakistan military has launched an offensive and
indiscriminate bombardment in the entire region where the battle took
place. The BNV spokesperson said that dozens of innocent villagers have
been arrested and taken to unknown locations by Pakistan security
forces. The military operation is still continuing in several areas of
ISLAMABAD: NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging US-Pakistan relations, already deeply frayed, further into crisis.
Pakistan retaliated by shutting down vital NATO supply routes into
Afghanistan, used for sending in almost half of the alliance's
The attack is the worst single incident of
its kind since Pakistan uneasily allied itself with Washington in the
days immediately following the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on US targets.
Relations between the United States and Pakistan, its ally in the war on militancy, have been strained following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
by US special forces in a raid on the Pakistani garrison town of
Abbottabad in May, which Pakistan called a flagrant violation of
The Pakistani government and military brimmed with fury.
"This is an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty," said Prime Minister
Yusuf Raza Gilani. "We will not let any harm come to Pakistan's
sovereignty and solidarity."
The Foreign Office said it would take up the matter "in the strongest terms" with NATO and the United States.
The powerful Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, said in
a statement issued by the Pakistani military that "all necessary steps
be under taken for an effective response to this irresponsible act.
"A strong protest has been launched with NATO/ISAF in which it has been
demanded that strong and urgent action be taken against those
responsible for this aggression."
The commander of NATO-led
forces in Afghanistan, General John R. Allen, said he had offered his
condolences to the family of any Pakistani soldiers who "may have been
killed or injured" during an "incident" on the border.
spokesman for the force declined further comment on the nature of the
"incident" and said an investigation was proceeding. It was not yet
clear, he said, whether there had been deaths or injuries.
The US embassy in Islamabad also offered condolences.
"I regret the loss of life of any Pakistani servicemen, and pledge that
the United States will work closely with Pakistan to investigate this
incident," ambassador Cameron Munter said in a statement.
morning attack Two military officials said that up to 28 troops had
been killed and 11 wounded in the attack on the outposts, about 2.5 km
(1.5 miles) from the Afghan border. The Pakistani military said 24
troops were killed and 13 wounded.
It remains unclear what
exactly happened, but the attack took place around 2 a.m. (2100 GMT) in
the Baizai area of Mohmand, where Pakistani troops are fighting Taliban
"Pakistani troops effectively responded immediately
in self-defence to NATO/ISAF's aggression with all available weapons,"
the Pakistani military statement said.
About 40 Pakistani army
troops were stationed at the outposts, military sources said. Two
officers were reported among the dead.
"The latest attack by
NATO forces on our post will have serious repercussions as they without
any reasons attacked on our post and killed soldiers asleep," said a
senior Pakistani military officer, requesting anonymity.
Reflecting the confusion of war in an ill-defined border area, an Afghan
border police official, Edrees Momand, said joint Afghan-NATO troops
near the outpost on Saturday morning had detained several militants.
"I am not aware of the casualties on the other side of the border but
those we have detained aren't Afghan Taliban," he said, implying they
were Pakistani Taliban operating in Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan-Pakistan border is often poorly marked, and differs between maps by up to five miles in some places.
The incident occurred a day after Allen met Kayani to discuss border control and enhanced cooperation.
"After the recent meetings between Pakistan and ISAF/NATO forces to
build confidence and trust, these kind of attacks should not have taken
place," a senior military source told Reuters.
Blocked supplies Nato
Supply trucks and fuel tankers bound for Afghanistan were stopped at Jamrud town in the Khyber tribal region near the city of Peshawar hours after the raid, officials said.
"We have halted the supplies and some 40 tankers and trucks have been
returned from the check post in Jamrud," Mutahir Zeb, a senior
government official, told Reuters.
Another official said the supplies had been stopped for security reasons.
"There is possibility of attacks on NATO supplies passing through the
volatile Khyber tribal region, therefore we sent them back towards
Peshawar to remain safe," he said.
The border crossing at Chaman in Baluchistan was also closed, Frontier Corps officials said.
Pakistan is a vital land route for 49 percent of NATO's supplies to its troops in Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman said.
A similar incident on Sept 30, 2009, which killed two Pakistani troops,
led to the closure of one of NATO's supply routes through Pakistan for
NATO apologised for that incident, which it said
happened when NATO gunships mistook warning shots by the Pakistani
forces for a militant attack.
US-Pakistan relations were
already reeling from a tumultuous year that saw the bin Laden raid, the
jailing of a CIA contractor, and U.S. accusations that Pakistan backed a
militant attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
States has long suspected Pakistan of continuing to secretly support
Taliban militant groups to secure influence in Afghanistan after most
NATO troops leave in 2014. Saturday's incident will give Pakistan the
argument that NATO is now attacking it directly.
"I think we should go to the United Nations
Security Council against this," said retired Brigadier Mahmood Shah,
former chief of security in the tribal areas. "So far, Pakistan is being
blamed for all that is happening in Afghanistan, and Pakistan's point
of view has not been shown in the international media."
analysts, including Rustam Shah Mohmand, a former ambassador to
Afghanistan, said Pakistan would protest and close the supply lines for
some time, but that ultimately "things will get back to normal".
Paul Beaver, a British security analyst, said relations were so bad that this incident might have no noticeable impact.
"I'm not sure US-Pakistan relations could sink much lower than they are now," he said.
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