Pakistan Orders U.S. To Leave Airbase Because Of NATO Attack That Killed 24 Soldiers
A wrongful attack on the Pakistan border that killed 24 soldiers and wounded 13 has led to the United States being asked to leave the airbase they used.
American forces were told to leave the remote Shamsi airbase, secretly given over to the US after 9/11, following an emergency meeting of Pakistan’s top civilian and military leadership late on Saturday. Pakistan has also blocked supply routes for US-led troops in Afghanistan.
Shamsi was used heavily for launching the war in Afghanistan in late 2001, and later served as the base for the US drone programme. Set in sparsely populated desert in the western Baluchistan province, Shamsi is highly controversial within Pakistan for its association with drones, which Islamabad officially condemns.
Pakistan is furious with the United States and foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar let that be known in a phone conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“The foreign minister conveyed to the Secretary of State the deep sense of rage felt across Pakistan at the senseless loss of 24 soldiers due to the Nato/ISAF attack on the Pakistani post in Mohmand Agency,” the statement said.
The incident “negates the progress made by the two countries on improving relations and forces Pakistan to revisit the terms of engagement,” Ms Khar said.Click here for reuse options!
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