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Pakistanis protest deadly NATO attacks
Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:31AM
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Pakistani civil society activists shout slogans in Lahore on December 15, 2011 as they burn an effigy representing NATO during a protest against the NATO cross-border air strike on Pakistani troops last month.
Hundreds of Pakistanis have taken to the streets in the eastern city of Lahore to voice anger over the NATO cross-border airstrikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers late last month.


Pakistani civil society activists staged a protest rally in Lahore, 275 kilometers (170 miles) southeast of the capital Islamabad, on Thursday and strongly condemned the NATO attacks in the tribal Mohmand Agency, AFP reported.

They also chanted anti-US slogans, burnt an effigy representing NATO, and lit candles to mourn for Pakistani soldiers that were killed in the deadly incident.

NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military border posts in northwest Pakistan on November 26, and killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Pakistan, enraged by the attacks, closed the border crossings used by the Western military alliance to send fuel and other supplies into landlocked Afghanistan.

Islamabad says it has proved with relevant pictures and maps that US-led NATO forces deliberately carried out airstrikes.

Amid an accelerating downward spiral in US-Pakistan relations, Islamabad made a presentation about the November 26 airstrikes at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington on Thursday.

Senior Pakistani officials stated that NATO forces in helicopters and fighter jets could not have mistaken the two border posts on the Afghan border for militant bases as they stood on high ground.

Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on December 1 that the country's forces had been alerted to potential “irresponsible” NATO attacks on the country's soil, and ordered the army to retaliate against such future offensives with full force.

He called on the military not to wait for any orders from the government to give a crushing response to the aggressors, regardless of potential consequences.

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