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Pakistan Tuesday protested and a key minister spoke of ‘retaliation’ after a soldier was killed and two were wounded when NATO-led coalition forces in Afghanistan fired at a checkpost, the first such incident at the tense Pakistan-Afghan border. 

‘Such attacks should be treated just like enemy attacks,’ Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sher Afgan Khan Niazi said after Monday’s killing, adding that violation of Pakistani territory from across the troubled western border ‘must be retaliated’. 

Pakistan’s Senate witnessed angry scenes and Hamidullah Jan Afridi, a tribal leader from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), said: ‘They will not stop unless one or two of their planes were shot down.’Dawn newspaper said Afridi threatened that tribal people would retaliate if the government did not take serious notice of the matter. 

Summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, the American and British ambassadors were told “the coalition authorities should investigate the incident and ensure that such incidents do not occur in future”, the ministry said in a statement. 

“Both expressed deep regrets and said that the incident was being investigated.” Afghanistan’s Nato force said the incident happened following an insurgent rocket attack near a Nato base on the border. “Shortly afterwards a group of insurgents was identified moving east towards the Pakistan border,” Nato said. 

A Nato aircraft attacked the insurgents and Nato said it believed “all ordnance fired landed on the target and one insurgent was killed and another injured”. 

“Isaf deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained by Pakistani forces, although the cause of these casualties, and who is responsible, is as yet unclear,” the Nato force, known as the International Security Assistance Force, said in a statement. 

A joint Nato-Pakistani investigation had been convened, it said. 

Pakistan is a key ally in the US-led war on terrorism but the United States and other western countries have been urging it do more to curb growing cross-border infiltration by militants from its territory. 

This month, Nato and Afghan forces killed about 130 militants in a ground and air attack in southern Afghanistan after they infiltrated from Pakistan. 

Pakistan acknowledges that some militants are slipping into Afghanistan, but says the insurgency is mainly an Afghan problem, feeding on poverty and anger with the government over corruption. 

 

 

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