ISLAMABAD: US Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his condolences for the deaths and injuries of Pakistani soldiers in NATO attacks on the Pakistani side adding that everything possible would be done to avoid recurrence of such tragedy.
According to US embassy spokesman Admiral Mike Mullen wrote a letter to Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and condoled the deaths and injuries of Pakistani soldiers involved in the September 30 border incident.
Mullen wrote, “I wanted to send my most sincere condolences for the regrettable loss of your soldiers killed and wounded on 30 September near your border with Afghanistan. The death of our soldiers in combat is always tragic, but under these circumstances, it is even more difficult to accept.
Please know that the families of the soldiers lost in this tragic incident are in our constant thoughts and prayers. I think you already know, but I want to reinforce, that we take this incident very seriously and our most senior commanders in theater will review the investigation thoroughly with an eye toward avoiding recurrence of a tragedy like this.
As always, thanks for your leadership of your Army, but especially in difficult times and circumstances such as this.”
Adm. Mullen consults regularly with Gen. Kayani and has visited Pakistan 20 times since becoming the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2007, the spokesman said.