Islamabad, Mar 20 (ANI): Pakistan has demanded an unconditional apology from the United States for the NATO attacks that killed 24 soldiers in the country last year.
Pakistani lawmakers have opened a debate on the terms of the nation's re-engagement with the United States, demanding the end to NATO air strikes in Pakistan.
Demanding an unconditional apology from Washington, the lawmakers said that those responsible for the attack should be brought to justice. The recommendations also said that any use of Pakistani bases or airspace by foreign forces would require the parliament's approval, The Dawn reports.
The Ministry of Defense and US/NATO/ISAF were also told to draft new flying routes for areas close to the border.
The commission said that the re-opening of the US/NATO supply route must be based on a thorough revision of the term of conditions of the agreement, which shall be subject to strict monitoring within Pakistan on anti-entry, transit and exit points.
It was also suggested that no verbal agreement regarding national security shall be entered into by the government or any other ministry or department.
It further suggested that there should be prior permission and transparency on the number and presence of foreign intelligence operatives in Pakistan. (ANI)
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Nikos RetsosMarch 20, 2012 at 6:17 PM
What is an "unconditional apology?" Or, what is the substance, or the effect of such a demand? It is just "hot air" for public consumption, isn't it? The Pakistani government has turned Pakistan into an American protectorate for $$$$ in U.S. aid, and now it demands "apologies" from the U.S. for the way it is using their land? It is funny, isn't it? Obviously, the Pakistani politicians want to have it both ways: a) Pocket the $$$$ from the U.S., and b) portray themselves to ordinary Pakistanis as nationalists!
Well, they are not! The fact is that they have leased their property (a.k.a. sovereignty) to the U.S., and the U.S. has the right to use it according to the terms of the lease! And I don't mean the publicly stated terms of the lease that are phony, but the behind the scenes "wink, wink" terms that count!
Here is the indisputable and raw fact: "Pakistan has turned itself into a U.S. 'contractor state' for its war in Afghanistan," and the U.S. won't write checks to Pakistan for nothing! Nikos Retsos, retired professor