When General John R Allen, ISAF Commander in Afghanistan, was asked during an interview with a Dubai-based newspaper, Khaleej Times, if there were any guarantees of such a mishap not happening again, he said “You simply can’t guarantee anything in war. The conditions are difficult at the border, let the investigation play out, we will look carefully. If we find fault on our part, we will resolve that … we will look at every aspect of the circumstances to make sure it does not happen again.”
He denied Pakistan’s allegations that the recent Nato attack on two Pakistani military posts on Afghanistan border was deliberate.
“The allegation that it was an intentional act is simply not true, defies every logic why we would attack Pakistan or attack Pakistani troops. As commander of ISAF and of US troops, I give you my assurance that it was not an intentional attack and it is important I say that publicly,” Gen Allen told the newspaper.
Following the NATO attack, the government has taken several tough measures including recalling their liaison officers, implementing air defence systems on the border and disallowing US drone flights from the Shamsi airbase, besides closing Nato supply routes. On Sunday, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Gilani during an interview with BBC warned that Pakistan can close down it air spaces for US.