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Pakistan reviewing Pentagon report on NATO attack

(Xinhua)

09:16, December 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan said on Thursday that it is reviewing a Pentagon report over the last month NATO attack on two Pakistani border posts which killed 24 soldiers.

The Nov. 26 NATO strike in Mohmand tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, has caused a severe blow to the Pakistan-U.S. relations, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said.

The spokesman said in Islamabad that a detailed reaction will be issued on the Pentagon report after going through the full document, but he added that the report seems not to be based on facts.

The Foreign Ministry statement comes a day after Pakistani military reportedly rejected the report as biased.

A U.S. military investigation has concluded that it took about 90 minutes for NATO officers to notify a senior commander about Pakistan's calls that its outposts were under attack, underscoring a lack of timely senior-level "override" measures to avoid deadly cross-border errors like last month's air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

But by then, military communications between the two sides had sorted out a chain of errors and the shooting had already stopped. The delays by two different officers raise questions about whether a faster response could have spared the lives of Pakistani soldiers.

An unclassified version of the report, released on Monday by the military's Central Command on its website, also revealed for the first time that an American AC-130 gunship flew two miles into Pakistani territory.

The United States and Pakistan disagreed about the sequence of events in the cross-border attack.

Talking about the Pakistan-U.S. relations, the Foreign Office spokesman said that Pakistan's relations with the U.S. saw several ups and downs during the current year, adding that Islamabad wanted relations with the U.S. based on mutual respect.

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