November 29, 2011

Pakistan decides not to attend Bonn Conference

Pakistan has decided to boycott next week's conference on Afghanistan's future in the German city of Bonn protesting over the Nato air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last week.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday. The meeting came amid the opposition's pressure to cut all the ties with the US.

Pakistan had condemned the attack terming it as "unprovoked and indiscriminate". It said that the sir strike violated its sovereignty and it would not attend the significant talks on Afghanistan's future. At least 24 soldiers including a Major were killed when the Nato choppers opened fire on a military checkpoint in the Pakistani tribal region of Mohmand on Saturday.

However, the US and Nato have apologized over the deaths of the Pakistani soldiers in the incident. Nato has been targeting the militants in Pakistan-Afghan border since several months after the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May.

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