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Pakistan protests deadly NATO attack

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 01:43

Nov 28 - Lawyers and children in Karachi join protests sweeping Pakistan as anger mounts following a NATO cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Lawyers in Karachi hold placards and chant anti-U.S. slogans, as anger mounts following a NATO airstrike on a Pakistani army post that killed 24 soldiers. Protests took place across Pakistan, after NATO helicopters and fighter jets based in Afghanistan attacked two military outposts on Saturday in what Pakistan says was an unprovoked attack. Islamabad denied reports that the NATO forces had come under fire. NATO described the killings as a "tragic unintended accident". Schoolchildren were among the protesters in Karachi. The incident has increased tensions at a time when deep cooperation is needed between Pakistan and NATO in order to stabilise Afghanistan. China expressed grave concern at the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN HONG LEI SAYING: "China is deeply shocked by the incident, and expresses extreme concern and deepest condolences for the Pakistani personnel killed. China believes that Pakistan's independent sovereignty and territorial integrity should be fully respected, and the case should be thoroughly investigated." China and Pakistan call each other "all-weather friends" - their close ties underpinned by a common wariness of India, and a desire to hedge against U.S. influence in the region. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Pakistan protests deadly NATO attack

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 01:43