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Nato attack on Pakistan base provokes fury

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2280

Nato’s attack on a Pakistan military base on Friday night has led to a huge crisis.

Nato opened fire on a Pakistani military outpost close to the border with Afghanistan and rained down bullets and missiles for an hour. Local sources say that 28 people were killed—the worst attack so far by Nato in Pakistan.

The victims were soldiers in the Pakistani military.

Ordinary people in Pakistan are furious at the attack—as are the heads of the government and the military.

The funerals of the victims have attracted thousands of mourners and demonstrations against Nato and the US were held in major cities across the country. In the capital, Karachi, protesters burned US flags and chanted, “Down with America”.

The Pakistani government has made no attempt to hide its fury. It has closed US supply routes through the country, which are vital to the military occupation of Afghanistan.

And it has also told the US it can no longer use a base inside Pakistan to launch its drone attacks on the Afghanistan border.

This is a major blow to US strategy in the region.

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has conveyed the “deep sense of rage felt across Pakistan” to Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state.

Nato officials have refused to comment on the incident, claiming they will do so once their inquiry into the incident has been concluded.

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Mon 28 Nov 2011, 13:46 GMT
Issue No. 2280
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