PM unmoved by Hillary’s call

Published: December 4, 2011

Clinton called Gilani on Saturday in a bid to convince the Prime Minister to reverse his decision to attend the Bonn Conference. PHOTO: PID/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan may have cleared the last potential hurdle in its decision to skip the Bonn conference: a call from Washington itself.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday evening – a call during which the premier is said to have declined a request to attend the conference on the Afghan endgame, which is to start on Monday.

According to the prime minister’s office, Gilani made it clear to the US that his government was ‘bound to follow’ the parliamentary committee’s decision regarding the conference.

During the call, the prime minister said he had promised to refer the matter of Pakistan’s participation in Bonn to parliament’s national security committee – however the committee upheld the decision to boycott. During the call, Clinton also conveyed her “personal condolences” over the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers as a result of the Nato attack.

“[Secretary Clinton] said that the attack was not intentional and that we must wait for the outcome of the investigation,” the statement said.

She added that the US had the highest regard for Pakistan’s sovereignty and that the incident should not be “allowed to jeopardise” the relationship between Pakistan and the US.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2011.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Noon Meem
    Dec 4, 2011 - 2:52AM

    Excellent. Better late than never.

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  • IFTI
    Dec 4, 2011 - 2:52AM

    PAKISTAN must not cooperate with nato.Nato is using and absuing Pakistan.It is US who is playing double game along with India.This attack was deliberate to scare Pakistan.

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  • Khalid Muhammad
    Dec 4, 2011 - 7:37AM

    I am not sure what Pakistan is up to by boycotting the conference. There has to be a demand or condition attached to attending the meeting. So far I only heard about boycott, obviously this couldn’t be forever. It would be much beneficial if Pakistan openly express what they like to see to avoid future incidents; so that all parties go back to business of sorting out the main issues. Just boycotting makes no sense, it may give negative impression to world community. I think a public apology from Obama would go long way; if this is what Pakistan want then they need to openly ask for it and put the ball in USA court.

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  • abid shah mohmand
    Dec 4, 2011 - 6:10PM

    Good decision by Pakistan,should be stand as a rock that NATO may not repeat such like incident in the future.Boon conference is a purposeless meeting for afghan future.and it is not the right of america to make policies for Afghanistan. Afghanistan is the country of afghan people and american should leave their country as soon as possible.

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