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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pakistan boycotts Bonn conference over Nato attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided that it will boycott an international conference on Afghanistan’s future in Bonn next week to protest against a Nato cross-border attack that killed two dozen of its soldiers and plunged the region deeper into crisis, officials said on Tuesday.
“Pakistan has decided not to attend theBonn conference as a protest,” a government official told Reuters after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Lahore.

The cross-border Nato air strike violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and the mandate of international forces in Afghanistan.

Islamabad has halted Nato supply trucks headed for the Afghan border with a warning that there can be no “business as usual” with the US.

It is pertinent to mention that Nato and the US government have apologised, calling the deaths of the 24 Pakistani troops tragic and has ordered an investigation into Saturday’s incident as the attack has angered Pakistan over what the army says was an unprovoked attack on its men.

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