h1

VIDEO:US apologises to Pakistan for NATO incursions

October 7, 2010

Was the apology for the death of the soldiers or was the apology for the violation of the Pakistani airspace.

  • “We believe the Pakistani border guard was simply firing warning shots after hearing the nearby engagement and hearing the helicopters flying nearby,” says U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Tim Zadalis.
  • NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus is offering his “deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those killed and wounded, to the Pakistan military, and the people of Pakistan.”

Express News reported that “The Ambassador apologized for violation of Pakistani airspace. The Ambassador also said that they will coordinate with Pakistan to prevent the recurrence of matters like this.” However analysts are looking for the exact words to confirm this.

  • The U.S. apologized Wednesday for a recent helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers at an outpost near the Afghan border, saying American pilots mistook the soldiers for insurgents they were pursuing. Washington Post.
  • “We extend our deepest apology to Pakistan and the families of the Frontier Scouts who were killed and injured,”
  • “We believe the Pakistani border guard was simply firing warning shots after hearing the nearby engagement and hearing the helicopters flying nearby,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Tim Zadalis, NATO’s director for air plans in Afghanistan who led the investigation.
  • “This tragic event could have been avoided with better coalition force coordination with the Pakistan military.”
  • The head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, also expressed his condolences, saying in a statement that “we deeply regret this tragic loss of life and will continue to work with the Pakistan military and government to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
  • “We extend our deepest apology to Pakistan and the families of the Frontier Scouts who were killed and injured,” said the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson.

The U.S. on Wednesday admitted that its helicopters had made a mistake last Wednesday when they shot and killed two Frontier Corps personnel and injured four others, triggering the week-long stand-off between Pakistan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

Describing the aerial strike as a “terrible accident”, U.S. Ambassador in Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, apologised for the accident late Wednesday evening after a joint investigation established that the American helicopters had mistaken FC personnel to be insurgents they had been pursuing.

“We extend our deepest apology to Pakistan and the families of the Frontier Scouts who were killed and injured,” the Ambassador said in a statement. Maintaining that Pakistan’s “brave security forces” are America’s allies in a war that threatens both countries, she added that the U.S. will coordinate with the government of Pakistan to prevent such tragic accidents from taking place in the future.

Ever since the aerial strike, Pakistan has closed its Torkham border post to NATO vehicles ferrying goods and oil to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Also, the past week has seen regular attacks on NATO containers in different parts of the country.

Keywords: NATO air strike, U.S. Ambassador to Pak, Anne W. Patterson, Afghan supply route

We are not sure whether this was a real apology. Pakistan should not accept it and should demand a real apology and compensation. The US will not give a real apology.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: