Pak seeks US apology over Salalah air strike

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  1. Son of Govinda

    Son of Govinda Regular Member

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    Pak seeks US apology over Salalah air strike - Hindustan Times

    Asserting that Islamabad has already taken the first step to restore normalcy in bilateral ties, Pakistan ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman has sought an apology from Washington for the November 26 Nato air strike in Salalah that killed 24 Pak soldiers.

    In her opinion piece in The Chicago Tribune, Rehman wrote that Pakistan has already taken the first step to restore normalcy in US-Pakistan relations by working to reopen the Nato supply routes that were closed after the Salalah tragedy.
    "Finally apologise for the battlefield deaths at Salalah," wrote Rehman, listing out five must-to-do things for the US for making significant progress towards resetting bilateral ties.

    Pointing out that Pakistan has lost as much USD 78 billion war against extremism since 2001, Rehman also asked US to "reimburse" the Coalition Support Funds -- US repayments to Pakistan for the cost of battling terrorism -- it owes to Islamabad.

    She also called for "increasing" the sharing of counter-terrorism intelligence and assistance to Pak military in combating extremism.

    Rehman's other two demands included ceasing the controversial drone operations violating Pak's sovereignty and the norms of international law, and shifting to a policy of trade, not aid, by providing enhanced access to US markets for Pakistan's exports.

    "These game-changing steps would serve as a deathblow to extremist expansion in the region," she wrote.

    Rehman said the Nato summit in Chicago will focus on the endgame in Afghanistan on the heels of US House debate on bills that will shape the nature of the US-Pak relationship.

    "The tone of this debate and the diplomacy of the Obama administration will send a clear signal to the 180 million people of Pakistan as to whether the world's oldest democracy will stand with one of the world's newest democracies to defeat terrorism and extremism for a politically stable and economically viable South Asia. Many are pessimistic," she said.

    She, however, expressed hope that a series of confidence building measures "could" recast the bilateral relationship.

    "If the war against extremism is to succeed, the war of words between democratic allies must end," she wrote.

    Acknowledging that both the countries have had a rocky year, Rehman said the unilateral raid on Abbottabad, the Raymond Davis CIA provocation, US-led Nato air assault in Salalah and the continuing unauthorised drone attacks on Pakistani soil have frayed their 60-year special ties.
     
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  3. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    US has no reason to apologize for the airstrike which was against the terrorists. Pakistan can go suck an egg.
     
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    why this pakis are asking for 78 billion for war against extremism and war against terrorisim..... as both are created by them and now both are biting pakis.... so its pakis internal problem..... and they should spend money for their own good, and world is not responsible for what happaning in pakistan..... so no more free money to pakis please
     
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    US-Pakistan rift hits NATO summit, Obama refuses to meet Zardari - The Times of India
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Personally, I would not object to the US paying some compensation to the next-of-kin of the 24 Pakistani KIA from the US airstrike, without any apology to Pakistan.
     
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    You just paid blood money then go terrorists.
    The US is not apologizing for a good reason. I had posted then I will post again. The terrorists of Afghanistan aka Taliban and the terrorists in uniform aka Pak Army work in cohorts. Taliban use to have their position close to Pak Army so that they don't get hellfired. Pak Army was the shield for those Talibunnies. If anything the strike proves that Pak Army is shielding the terrorists and plying against the US.
     
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    I am sure US had good intelligence before carrying out these strikes. If nothing else it
    sent a warning to the Pakistani army we are on to you.
     
  9. Son of Govinda

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    White House rules out apology to Pakistan over November NATO strike

    White House rules out apology to Pakistan over November NATO strike

    Islamabad, May 24 (ANI): The White House has ruled out an apology to Islamabad for the November 26 incident in which a NATO cross border strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and said it is time that both countries move ahead.

    The refusal comes two days after Pakistan People's Party leader Bilawal Bhutto demanded an apology for the incident.

    "I wouldn't have anything new to offer on that beyond what we have said, that we deeply regret the incident. We have thoroughly investigated it. We shared the results of that investigation with the Pakistanis," The Nation quoted Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor, as saying.

    "We believe there's a basis for us to move forward and move beyond that particular incident, to take steps to make sure that that doesn't happen again, to be respectful of Pakistani sovereignty and to be in, frankly, better communication in that areas so that we don't see repeated incidents on the border," Rhodes added.

    Commenting on the U.S. President Barack Obama's refusal to meet Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Rhodes said a bilateral meeting between Obama and Zardari was never planned on the sidelines of the Summit. He said the meeting with President Karzai was a priority as Afghanistan was the focus of the summit. (ANI)
     
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    The best line:
    Do you know of any exports from Pakistan other than terrorists(and music sometimes)?
     
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    US will never apologise.

    Pakistan has always subsisted on aid and never on trade!
     

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