Monday, 26 March 2012

US Apology Reaction By Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar says an apology by the United States for the Nato airstrike on November 26, 2011 that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers would not satisfy the Pakistan government, and the attack demanded a reassessment of Islamabad's partnership with the US.

"The incident was grave enough for an apology not to be good enough," she said Monday in interview to a foreign news channel.
The interview was taken before she left Sunday with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to attend the Nuclear Security Summit(NSS)South Korea capital Seoul.

"This did require a complete re-look at the terms of engagement with the United States of America," she was quoted as saying.

Hina Khar said the new terms could help mend US-Pakistan relations, restore the trust and respect that have eroded between the two countries.

"We were partners for the past 10 years. Did we get the respect that a partner deserves? A partner which has lost many lives, a partner which has had huge economic costs? I think we must look at this relationship in a more realistic, in a more pragmatic manner, rather than a philosophical manner."

She said Pakistan is prepared to play a "crucial supportive role" in Afghan peace talks.
Khar rejected claims that Islamabad has links to Mullah Omar and can persuade Afghan Taliban leader to take part in the negotiations.

"If what you're trying to get out of me is if we have links to Mullah Omar or not, the answer to that is no. I think that the perception of what Pakistan is able to do is blown out of proportion most of the time," she said.

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