Pakistan needs US apology- Rabbani
To reopen supply routes for NATO:
US: The United States should apologize for an air raid that
killed 24 Pakistani soldiers if it wants Pakistan to reopen key supply
routes into Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in an
interview published Monday.
Angered over the lethal November attack, Islamabad shut the supply
routes vital for US and allied troops, forcing the alliance to rely on
longer, more expensive northern routes through Russia and Central Asia.
“A representative parliament of 180 million people has spoken on one
subject,” Khar told Foreign Policy, referring to new guidelines for
US-Pakistan ties approved by Pakistani lawmakers which call for an
apology. A US apology is “something which should have been forthcoming
the day this incident happened, and what a partnership not only demands,
but requires,” she said. The on-again, off-again relationship between
Islamabad and Washington is at a new low, and with US elections looming
in November, President Barack Obama is unlikely to say sorry to Pakistan
and make himself vulnerable to attacks from his Republican challenger,
Mitt Romney. A NATO summit in Chicago ended two weeks ago without a deal
on the NATO supply lines.