US military will not take action against its service men for NATO air strikes in Pakistan
The military of the United States of America has decided that it will not be holding any of its service members liable to face disciplinary charges for being involved in a NATO air strike last year that resulted in the deaths of a total of 24 Pakistani soldiers.
The air strike that took place was aimed at two of the Pakistani border posts and it lasted for a period of two hours. Despite the fact that the NATO forces were contacted by their counter parts from the Pakistani military, there was no stop in the air strikes.
The military of Pakistan termed the incident as an unprovoked act of aggression against Pakistan whereas the stance of the NATO forces was that an error took place on both the sides that caused the tragic deaths of the Pakistani soldiers.
As a consequence, the relations between the US and Pakistan as well as NATO and Pakistan reached an all time low in the past decade.
The following statement was made by a senior American military official regarding the review that had been done over the incident: “We found nothing criminally negligent on the part of any individual in our investigations of the incident.”
The immediate action taken by the Pakistani government ruled by the Pakistan People’s Party was to close the supply lines to NATO from Pakistan. However, there was indication in the Pakistani government recently that the supply lines may be restored to NATO.
In contrast to the sentiment of the government, the key opposition parties of Pakistan held a meeting in which it was indicated that the move to restore the supply lines will be strongly opposed.
The Parliament of Pakistan is currently under discussion about the reviewing the relations between the US and Pakistan. The US side is hopeful that the debate will be in favour of their administration and the re opening of the ties will ensue. However, it
is not certain how things will turn out in light of the US military review. Not only that, the opposition parties of Pakistan are not in favour of the reopening of the supply routes.