RETRIBUTION

Afghans: Pakistan Fired First

MK CHAUDHRY / Landov

NATO and US flags as they shout slogans against the NATO airstrikes on Pakistani military checkposts in Mohmand tribal agency, during a protest in Multan, Pakistan, 27 November 2011.

In retaliation over a deadly NATO strike that is said to have killed at least 24 Pakistani troops early Saturday morning, Pakistan is giving the U.S. 15 days to leave the important Shamsi air base. Sunday, Afghan and Western officials said that the raid was only ordered after Pakistan fired. Pakistan buried the troops Sunday in a highly-televised funeral. The Shamsi air base is a key launchpad for drone strikes. Pakistan has also cut off vital supply routes to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. has not yet accepted blame for the strike, but the U.S. ambassador to Islamabad has pledged to “investigate this incident.”