An Afghan Commander orchestrated NATO attack on Pak military post:BBC

An Afghan Commander orchestrated NATO attack on Pak military post:BBC

Islamabad : Pakistan | Dec 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM PST
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An inquiry reportedly conducted by Pakistan Army has held an Afghan army commander responsible of NATO attack in Mohmand area of Pakistan’s tribal region that led to killing of its 24 soldiers and gravely dented Pak-US relations.

A BBC Urdu Service report quoting a Pakistani military officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity, suggests that the investigation have been partially shared with NATO officials by Pakistan military authorities with demand to take action against the Afghan commander involved in the gruesome act.

However, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan Army denied the report terming it as false and concocted. According to BBC, Pakistan's investigation report states that the conspiracy of the NATO attack was planned by Afghan and Indian intelligence officials. The Afghan commander, report says gave wrong information to NATO commanders and used the “Link 16”, which is only used in extreme situations for action against militants.

“Pakistan’s Salsa post that came under NATO helicopters attacks is on the map and NATO commanders should have looked at the map before ordering attack on the Pakistani posts”, the BBC report stated. It added that Pakistani post traced unusual activity near the post, on a passage that once was Taliban’s route. The Afghan patrolling party was positioned at a spot which isn’t come in their routine patrolling zone and if party ever requires entry in the no go zone, it have to inform Pakistan seventy-two hours before hand.

BBC report claims that the Pakistani troops opened fire on seeing the movement. The usual activity, the report, said was of Afghan National Army patrolling units which were in the area in violation of the standard operative procedures. The SOP requires each side to inform the other side in advance of their possible movement in the area.

The controversial report says that this act of not informing the Pakistani side in advance using the Link 16 was part of a conspiracy hatched by the said Afghan commander action against whom is being sought. The report also said that the said Afghan commander allegedly did so at the behest of the Indian Raw in order to create rift between the US and Pakistan. NATO and US authorities are investigating the incident separately and final finding of their probe is expected to be announced on 23rd of this month.

Khizar Hayat Abbasi is based in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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