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Sally Sara reported this story on Monday, November 28, 2011 08:15:00

TONY EASTLEY: There are fears that US-Pakistan relations might spiral out of control over the
latest incident that has seen angry protests across Pakistan.

Twenty-four Pakistani soldiers were killed when NATO aircraft opened fire on a Pakistani army
checkpoint near the Afghan border at the weekend.

Pakistan's government says it's reviewing its political, military and diplomatic ties with the
United States.

South Asia correspondent Sally Sara reports.

(Call of Allah hu Akbar)

SALLY SARA: The Pakistani army buried its dead. It took more than 100 troops to carry the coffins
of the 24 soldiers killed in the NATO air strike.

Army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, led the mourners at the ceremony in the north-western city of
Peshawar. General Kayani also visited the soldiers wounded in the attack.

Elsewhere in Pakistan, grief turned to anger.

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the US consulate in the southern city of Karachi. The
protesters burned the American flag along with effigies of president Barack Obama. Members of the
crowd shouted death to America.

Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar telephoned US secretary of state Hillary Clinton yesterday to
express her deep sense of rage over the raid.

Ms Khar told the US the air strike was totally unacceptable. NATO and US officials have expressed
their regret and condolences.

The former Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan, Ayaz Wazir, says the international community
shouldn't underestimate the strength of feeling in Pakistan.

AYAZ WAZIR: Well, obviously, everybody is angry. How would you like it if somebody attacks the
Australian soldiers inside your country?

SALLY SARA: The air strike happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. Pakistani officials say
NATO aircraft opened fire on a Pakistani army checkpoint near the Afghan border.

Pakistan says the incident was unprovoked but, it's unclear whether the Pakistani troops may have
shot at the aircraft. The incident has inflamed the already tense relationship between the US and
Pakistan.

Former Pakistani diplomat, Ayaz Wazir, believes Pakistan should refuse any further military aid
from the United States. He says if the insurgents can live without it, so can the Pakistani
military.

AYAZ WAZIR: Well the United States are not extending any help to the Taliban and they have survived
for ten years fighting with the America. So, there is no question of Pakistan not surviving. I wish
the government decides tomorrow to stand on its own two feet and not look to anyone for assistance
or help.

SALLY SARA: Pakistan has already ordered the United States to leave the Shamsi military air base in
the next 15 days, but some citizens are urging the Pakistani military to go further and retaliate
against US targets.

It's still unclear what the air strike will mean for the long term relationship between the two
countries.

This is Sally Sara reporting for AM.