Pakistan students protest NATO killings


December 9, 2011

Pakistani students carry placards and chant slogans during a demonstration against the US and NATO in Islamabad on December 9, 2011.

Pakistani students have staged a protest rally against the United States and NATO for the killing of dozens of Pakistani soldiers last month, Press TV reports.

Students from universities and colleges took to the streets of the capital, Islamabad, on Friday. They were carrying placards and chanted slogans condemning the US airstrikes on Pakistani troops.

On November 26, NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military border posts in the tribal Mohmand Agency in northwest Pakistan. The attack claimed the lives of 24 Pakistani troops.

Director General of Pakistan’s Military Operations said on Thursday that NATO aircraft had intentionally violated the Pakistani airspace and targeted the military posts — despite repeated warnings from the Pakistani soldiers.

Major General Ashfaq Nadeem said a lieutenant general deployed to the US Embassy in Islamabad was immediately informed when the attack was initiated. The airstrikes were halted temporarily before the Western military force resumed them with full force.

Following the deadly strikes, Islamabad said it has upgraded its air defense system along the Afghan border to be able to shoot down intruding aircraft.

The Pakistani government also shut down all supply lines to US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan in retaliation for the cross-border strike.

Scores of NATO-supply tankers and trucks have been targeted by assailants as they have had to park in a temporary terminal in the northern city of Quetta — the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan Province.



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