The Department of Defense issued a report and apology to the Pakistani government last week regarding a NATO airstrike that resulted in the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan has rejected the report calling it “short on facts.”
“Pakistan’s army does not agree with the findings of the US/NATO inquiry as being reported in the media,” a statement from the Pakistanis said, according to Russia Today.
A vital U.S. supply route to Afghanistan was blocked by the Pakistanis in response to the November killings. Soon after the U.S. report and apology, the State Department said it hoped that Islamabad would lift its blockade on the transportation of military cargo to Afghanistan through its territory.
Pakistan’s response is likely to worry Washington since the country is of critical importance to the United States in the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan not only provides a key route for supplies, but is important for peace negotiations with the Taliban which have recently been part of the American agenda.
Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the future relationship between the Pakistani and U.S. militaries will likely be defined in a “very stern, formal way … with well-defined limits of cooperation,” according to The Associated Press.