Pakistan on Sunday buried 24 troops killed in a Nato cross-border air raid that has pushed a crisis in relations with the United States towards rupture. Nato helicopters and fighter jets attacked two Pakistan military outposts on Saturday, killing the soldiers in what Pakistan said was an unprovoked assault.
Islamabad retaliated by closing the border crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Nato and US officials expressed regret about the deaths of the Pakistani soldiers, but the exact circumstances of the attack were unclear. – Text by Reuters, photos by Agencies.
Pakistani soldiers salute the coffins of their comrades who were killed in a Nato strike during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on November 27, 2011. The United States moves to salvage ties with Pakistan after Nato air strikes on border outposts killed 24 soldiers and plunged relations into crisis, backing a full probe and expressing condolences. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani soldiers carry the coffins of their comrades who were killed in a Nato strike during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on November 27, 2011. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani security and government officials offer funeral prayers for the Pakistani soldiers who were killed in a Nato strike in Peshawar on November 27, 2011. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani protesters shout slogans against America and NATO in Lahore, Pakistan on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Pakistan on Saturday accused NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Banner reads ?Terrorist Nato and America leave our country?. ? AP Photo
Soldiers of the Pakistani militia force stand guard at the Pakistani border post of Torkham as it is closed for Nato trucks carrying supplies to neighboring Afghanistan, on Saturday, Nov 26, 2011. ? AP Photo
Cargo trucks, including those carrying supplies to Nato forces in Afghanistan, are seen halted along the Pakistan-Torkham border, after it was shut down to traffic November 26, 2011. ? Reuters Photo
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Clinton Sunday Nov. 27, 2011 that the attack was unacceptable, showed complete disregard for human life and sparked rage within Pakistan. ? AP File Photo.
In a joint statement, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered their ?deepest condolences? and said they backed ?Nato's intention to investigate immediately.? ? AFP File Photo