Karamat dubs US air strike on Pak troops as deliberate

June 19th, 2008 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington , June 19 (ANI): Jehangir Karamat, a former Pakistan army chief and ambassador to Washington , has said that the June 11 air strike by the US-led forces on Pakistan s Frontier Corps (FC) troops in Mohamand Agency, killing 11 security personnel, was deliberate.

He also described it as the first such attempt on the part of the US .

This is the first time the United States has deliberately targeted co-operating Pakistani forces, the Daily Times quoted Karamat as saying in an interview with the New York Times.

He added, There has been no statement by the US that this was friendly fire and that the intention was not to target Pakistani forces.

The New York-based paper also quoted two Pakistani officials as saying that the Pakistani military was so angry over the American airstrikes that it was threatening to postpone or cancel an American programme to train Frontier Corps in counterinsurgency tactics to be used for combating militants.

The report said some Pakistani officials were also convinced that the Americans had deliberately fired on their military.

On the other hand, the US military maintains that the airstrikes were carried out in self-defence against militants who had attacked American forces in Afghanistan and then fled into Pakistan . But the Pakistanis continue to dispute important parts of the American account. (ANI)

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