Khar briefs Chinese, Russian counterparts on NATO attack

November 28th, 2011 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Nov 28 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar spoke to her Chinese and Russian counterparts Monday evening and briefed them about the NATO attack on a Pakistani border post that killed 25 soldiers.

Khar informed Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi about the decisions taken by the government on not allowing NATO supplies to Afghanistan via Pakistani territory, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported citing a foreign ministry statement.

The Pakistani minister had a 40-minute conversation in which she informed her Chinese counterpart of the extreme outrage in Pakistan on the unprovoked attacks, it said.

Yang expressed deep shock and strong concern over the incident and extended condolences to the aggrieved families.

He said Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and called for a thorough investigation into the matter, the statement said.

Khar also spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and briefed him on the NATO attack.

She said that besides being a gross violation of established international norms, such attacks also pose a threat to regional peace and stability.

The Russian foreign minister also expressed sympathy for the loss of lives, and said he had a complete understanding of Pakistan’s position, the statement said.

A total of 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 13 others injured when NATO fighter jets and helicopters bombed two border posts in Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border Saturday.

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