Pakistan says decision to boycott Bonn conference is final

Published: November 30, 2011

A protester sets fire to a US flag during a demonstration in Islamabad on November 30, 2011 against the cross-border NATO air strike on Pakistani troops. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s decision not to attend the Bonn conference in Germany next week, taken to protest against the Nato cross-border attack that killed 24 soldiers, is final, a foreign ministry official said on Wednesday. 

“Of course it’s the final word. Pakistan is not attending,” the official told Reuters, shortly after the German government urged Islamabad to reverse its stand.

Pakistan pulled out of the conference on the future of Afghanistan on Tuesday in reaction to the “unprovoked” cross-border attack by Nato forces, that plunged US-Pakistani relations deeper into crisis.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Lahore.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she regretted Pakistan’s decision to boycott the conference but hoped to secure Islamabad’s cooperation in future.

“Nothing will be gained by turning our backs on mutually beneficial cooperation. Frankly it is regrettable that Pakistan has decided not to attend the conference in Bonn,” Clinton told a news conference in South Korea.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai had telephoned Gilani to urge him to reconsider the boycott of the conference, officials in both countries said.

Karzai’s deputy spokesman Siamak Herawi told AFP that Pakistan was an important participant in the conference aimed at bridging peace after 10 years of war against the Taliban, and expressed hope that they would ultimately attend.

“President Hamid Karzai called Prime Minister Gilani and officially asked the Pakistan government to participate in the Bonn conference,” said Herawi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “very sorry” about Pakistan’s announced boycott of  the conference and would try to convince it to attend.

Merkel said Germany would “see what could be done to change” Islamabad’s decision to stay away from the meeting in the western German city.

Reader Comments (50)

  • zalim singh
    Nov 30, 2011 - 6:55PM

    and who exactly is begging you to?

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  • Nov 30, 2011 - 7:00PM

    I think Pakistan Govt has decided to change its policy after MEMOGATE scandel…

    Now they are behaving like Pakistani…

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  • Lofted Shot
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:09PM

    Woohoo! they got what they deserve.

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  • Has
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Pakistan Security is more important than the security of NATO USA Afghan and Indian personal in Afghanistan . More than 2000 civilians died in 283 drones attacks. Pakistan should asap get Shamsi and Jacobabad Air field closed. Nato and USA should pay compensation for all those who are killed. All major supply routes should be closed for at least 60 days and let them use Tajikistan and Indian bases airlifts it would cost them 3 to 5 times more.
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  • Nov 30, 2011 - 7:12PM

    @zalim singh:
    “German government urged Islamabad to reverse its stand.”

    “President Hamid Karzai called Prime Minister Gilani and officially asked the Pakistan government to participate in the Bonn conference,” said Herawi.

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  • Taimour Hassan
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Better late then Never . I wish Pakistan pulls out of this End game and Afghan War asap But i am pretty sure they wont let US get out of this crap ! US came with there Will in this region but will only leave this region on Pakistan’s will. ! ! ! It aint that simple for them and i hope our govt and forces are well aware of this fact .

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  • Tariq Ishaque
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Boycott of all western efforts to play their own game with their own rules of war agaist terrorism; they dont see terrorism and mass genocide in African countries and running after OIL, MINERALS and RAW MATERIALS to keep their factories running … shame on us , our corruption and begging for foreign aid ….

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  • KB
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Zalim singh: The world but not you because it’s in your interest not to.

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  • bill
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:25PM

    “Nothing will be gained by turning our backs on mutually beneficial cooperation. Frankly it is regrettable that Pakistan has decided not to attend the conference in Bonn,” Clinton told a news conference in South Korea.

    Frankly it is regrettable that Allies are deliberately killing partners.

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  • ashok sai
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:32PM

    Once you have decided to boycott and all the nations accepted it, then why again, quarter final, semi final and final stuff, it shows some other intention of blackmailing.

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  • Noshin
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:33PM

    Looking at the history of how the Pakistan govt changes it mind, i still dont believe that Pakistanis will not attend the Bonn meeting. I will believe it once the meeting is over and Pakistanis are no where to be found. The decision has been made by the govt, but i bet all the ministers are cussing out the govt who took a free trip to Germany out of their hands.Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Planed conspiracy,in retaliation final words has been spoken by the authority, it is very hard to take back,
    Bonn Conference mean peace and stability in the region,specially in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well.
    Some days are remained Bonn conference going to held,but the Pakistani out post has badly been targeted,effort is made for statuesque,some powers want no change no peace in the region,it is dire need of the time,will have find them first then move toward the peace process.

    What did Pakistan in retaliation,he use its right,closing the routs of supply to the aggressor forces stationed in Afghanistan,refused to take part in the Bonn conference and other reactionary steps are under consideration.

    Small states of the world,who are members of the united nations looking toward The league of nations with hope full eyes,which is still silent on the incident happened in Pakistan,Secretary general has power under the global law to take notice of the unprovoked attack and indiscriminate firing by helicopter.
    Pakistan should go there and file its case before the security council and take a decision on this aggression,as for as tripartite meeting is concerned it has lost its value,and not a dependable and lost its credibility absolutely.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Just a fake attempt to show bravado when we stand with no clothes on.

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  • bhatti
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:53PM

    isn’t it a better option to attend the conference but keep the supply routes permanently closed

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  • Basit
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:05PM

    @zalim singh:

    Do you read news? or just comment without reading. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Wasn’t very long ago that Pakistan was whining because they were left out of the process — suspect this petulant action is a good example of why some think your part of the problem rather than the solution.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:28PM

    Instead of pressing the issue to attend the Bonn Conference, participants should wear the shoes of Pakistan and consider it in that way.

    Or 24 Army personnel are killed and still various countries expect Pakistan to attend the Bonn Conference? What a pity.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:39PM

    @Cautious:
    Indians shouldn’t poke their nose where they are not welcomed. Once US leaves afghanistan, the endians are gonna have really nice time there. mark my words

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  • Babloo
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:42PM

    Thank you Pakistan. NATO/Afghanistan can now have a productive, purposeful conference without disruptive elements.

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  • antanu
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:58PM

    @zalim singh:
    Read the article carefully…you will get your answer

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  • Nirvan
    Nov 30, 2011 - 9:01PM

    If Pakistan is not at the Bonn table, then it will a part of the menu. Get your ‘knife’ in there. Stop behaving like a spoilt school boy.

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  • antanu
    Nov 30, 2011 - 9:02PM

    @Babloo:
    If you want to live in fol’s paradise…its your choice….I only wonder whether you are Indian or not. Obviously we Indians are not that insane…

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  • SalSal
    Nov 30, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Karzai is well aware that his govt won’t last even a month after US NAtO leave until It gets Pakistans help

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  • guest-worker
    Nov 30, 2011 - 9:12PM

    Bone conference??

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  • Me
    Nov 30, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Lets see how far they go before deciding to join the conference…..

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  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 30, 2011 - 10:32PM

    @Meekal Ahmed:
    Hello, hope you are well !
    This is a very sad decision from Pakistan, as the Global Community will take negative view, as to their conduct over past decade in fight against terrorism !!!
    On other front, it may help the world understand the unruly border issue between these two nations and its indegenous people on both sides of this border.

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  • Nov 30, 2011 - 10:36PM

    Only one thing – WELL DONE PAKISTAN……………………..I am a proud Pakistani Today.

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  • Nina Akbar
    Nov 30, 2011 - 10:36PM

    I as a Pakistani woman, agree with Zalim Singh I refuse to be a mindless follower like many who are so brain washed they refuse to see this boycott as a NEGATIVE action for Pakistan
    The question is who is begging whom? it shows the immature aspect of Gilani who instead of using THE WORLD STAGE to air our grievances when we have the ears of the WHOLE WORLD we rather show our empty might to have a temper tantrum, so with the end came we achieve NOTHING! for those who support this boycott you have just earned a position in the class of inconvenient imbeciles.

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  • Bammbaayyaa
    Nov 30, 2011 - 11:09PM

    For once ….Stick to your words … and dont attend it even if the world begs to ….
    lets see what pakistan can do now … show the metal pakistanis ….
    Let people of the world think of other solutions which they might have already …
    It will be time for them to execute those plans …
    and then Pakistan will have to think of some trick to get into the conference …. again …
    what a sad story that will be .,..

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 30, 2011 - 11:11PM

    I think India should be invited. They have recently signed a strategic partnership (civilian/military) with Afghanistan and hence have a right to be there. Let’s see what USSR and US/NATO/ISAF could not do in Afghanistan how will India do that?

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  • Jp
    Nov 30, 2011 - 11:44PM

    I read in another newspaper that Pakistan is putting some conditions to attend Bonn conference?????

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  • Blue eyed Indian
    Nov 30, 2011 - 11:49PM

    Frankly who is the looser if Pakistan is not attending the Bonn conference ? For nations requesting Pakistan to attend should not be taken as world “begging” Pakistan. People here are quite freely misjudging other nation’s civil behavior as begging. All those who commented about showing pride on Pakistan declaring to not attend Bonn. It will be really find to see when in couple of days they will agree to attend. Of course after high drama and media hype to keep their nose up. Bottom line is Pakistan is in need here. It is just acting like a spoil brat because world is giving it attention. Please mind not all attention are “good” attention. So stop bragging and bite the reality pill.

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  • In_Cham
    Nov 30, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Guess time has come for Pakistan to declare war on the unbelievers/ Kafirs wherever they and take the its rightful place as leader or the Muslim World…

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  • Mahesh
    Dec 1, 2011 - 12:38AM

    I am of the opinion that Pakistan as a nation should do what it must to get an apology and not getting such things repeated. Apart from that having USA remove from Shamsy airbase and closing of NATO supply through its land for good, is just a too much for a matured nation. See if America and other NATO countries ban imports from Pakistan or just change the rules for Pakistan then it will affect it severely. There is one saying “Don’t dive too deep into the water if you have bad lungs”. Pakistan itself is suffering from various issues like recent floods, huge foreign debts etc. should not dive too deep into this.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Dec 1, 2011 - 12:46AM

    Pakistan is making the right decision by not attending!!!
    I totally support the Pakistani view on this issue, someone would be a fool to disagree with Pakistan at this time!!!

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  • Hedgefunder
    Dec 1, 2011 - 12:59AM

    @Meekal Ahmed:
    These people really do not have any shame or concern for nation’s integrity !!!
    Its such a shame for such a beautiful country !

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  • Hedgefunder
    Dec 1, 2011 - 1:03AM

    @Nina Akbar:
    Unfortunately your nation has been taken over by bakras and sheeps !!
    I agree with your view.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Dec 1, 2011 - 1:16AM

    I am a bakra or a sheep, can’t figure it out. Can someone please help me?

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  • SAJJAD SARWAR
    Dec 1, 2011 - 2:45AM

    After Memo-gate scandal our leadership is depressed and I think they are going to take this step “can called a Good step in favor of the Solidarity of our country”.

    I think it will get better results… Hope for the best…

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  • Truth Seeker
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:14AM

    @khadim:
    And will you please define Pakistani keeping the history of Pakistan since 1947. And don’t take the cruthches of unity, dignity and honour.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:19AM

    @Hedgefunder:
    Border issues are between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but they are not going to resolve these issues, so the world will never ‘understand’ the technicalities of these problems.

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  • pakcrisis
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:55AM

    Yet another absolutely pathetic decision by Pakistan. Our progress to the dark ages has beaten all expectations… the intellect of the average Pakistani is SO low even a mouse could do better than a Pakistani. This nation is headed for such a major disaster it will be epic.

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  • sundar
    Dec 1, 2011 - 4:06AM

    All participating nations in the Bonn conference seem to know how to stroke Pakistan’s ego. I think that the more the rest of the participants ‘beg’ Pakistan to change their mind, the more they secretly enjoy the attention – takes the edge of the recent trauma of the tragic loss. Like some of the other com mentors, my bet is that Pakistan will attend – probably, they will send a lower level delegation – this way they have the cake and eat it too. I am not stating this to insult the people or the nation of Pakistan – this is just my personal opinion.

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  • Dec 1, 2011 - 6:07AM

    @Truth Seeker:

    The first thing I don’t see your name which is clearly mentioned by Tribune that it is required…

    Pakistani: The one who care about Pakistan is called Pakistani, if you have any doubt then please go to psychologist for treatment.

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  • Rehman
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:21AM

    we are all Pakistani and we should be careful about our solidarity and we should also take decisions with the consent of all the leaders of Pakistan.
    because its the matter of our lives and our future
    a war is not the solution of all the crisis that we are facing now
    ……
    in the Holy Quran God says…
    aur Allah ki rassi ko mazboti sy thamey rakho aur appas me tfarka {phoot } na daloo

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  • Dec 1, 2011 - 7:23AM

    Allah may bless us and also on our country

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  • Zubaiha Akbar
    Dec 1, 2011 - 8:04AM

    @khadim Nabi -If name which is clearly mentioned by Tribune that it is required then why is Tribune allowing these posters to post, its their duty to monitor not yours.

    So according to your thesis “The one who care about Pakistan is called Pakistani”
    I interpret that as ..those that care about Pakistan allow the terror, mayhem, minority abuse, corruption and intolerance to flow freely and proudly wear the moniker to claim themselves Pakistanis…it begs the question has the level of Pakistani pride so low? Recommend

  • G. Din
    Dec 2, 2011 - 6:38PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    “I am a bakra or a sheep, can’t figure it out. Can someone please help me?”
    What difference does it make? Either way, you are destined to be on the plate served over dinner! It is not good to know that for either a bakra or a sheep, is it?

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  • Dec 3, 2011 - 2:24AM

    We are all witnessing the aftermath of an incident that is thoroughly testing the complex relationship between Pakistan and the United States. There have been instances before which have spread enough misunderstanding and hostility among the two nations; yet the leadership of both countries have in the end remained committed to working through and resolving these problems. Reason for this lies in the fundamental fact that both countries know what is at stake. We both realize the dire need to work together because peace and stability in Afghanistan are in the national interest of Pakistan, and vice versa. The Bonn Conference is a golden opportunity for Pakistan and Afghanistan to bring their concerns, regarding insurgencies and peace negotiations, to the table and work towards a solution. The future of Afghanistan is of vital importance to all its neighbors. Hence, we, the Afghan government, and even Pakistan have all acknowledged that lasting peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without the help of Pakistan. We understand and fully recognize the frustration and anger felt by the Pakistani people and government. However, we cannot help wondering how this decision would benefit the national interests of Pakistan. If Pakistan believes that bringing peace to Afghanistan is good and necessary for Pakistan’s sake, wouldn’t a boycott of the conference prove counterproductive, since peace negotiations with the Taliban is an issue that Pakistan has to deal with in the future?

    MAJ Nevers,
    DET – U.S. Central Command

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