Nato attack: Parliamentary committee says Pakistan should demand apology

Published: March 20, 2012

Nato attack on Salala check post had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, 2011. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD / WASHINGTON: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has recommended that Pakistan should demand an unconditional apology from the United States for the Nato attack on Salala check  post which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, 2011.

PCNS Chairman Senator Raza Rabbani, reading the recommendations during a joint session of Parliament on Tuesday, stated that the attack was a “breach of international law and constitutes blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. The statement added that the Pakistani government should not only seek an apology but those behind the attack must also be brought to justice.

“Pakistan should be given assurances that such attack or any other attack impinging on Pakistan’s sovereignty will not reoccur and the Nato, ISAF, US will take effective measures to avoid any such measures.”

The committee also said that it wants the US to put a stop to drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

It also recommends that there should be transparency on the number of foreign intelligence operators in Pakistan and prior permission be awarded and says no covert operations will be tolerated inside the country.

The United States must review its footsteps in Pakistan which means the cessation of US drone strikes inside the territorial borders of Pakistan, (ii) no hot pursuit of boots on Pakistani territory, (iii) the activity of foreign private security contractors must be transparent and subject to Pakistani law. It needs to realise that drones are counter-productive, cause loss of valuable lives and property, radicalises the local population, create support for terrorists and fuel anti-US sentiments.

The statement also said that at least 50% of Nato containers passing through Pakistan may be handled through Pakistan Railways and added: “Any consideration of the reopening of Nato, ISAF, US containers must be contingent on a thorough revision of terms and conditions of the agreement including regulation and control on movement of goods.”

The statement said: “Taxes and other charges must be levied on all goods imported in or transmitting through Pakistan for the use of infrastructure and to compensate for its deterioration.”

The bicameral parliamentary committee was constituted to review terms of engagement with the US before going for normalisation of bilateral ties.

The revised terms of engagements also stated that all agreements including military cooperation and logistics will be circulated to the foreign ministry and concerned authorities. “All agreements will be vetted by the Ministry of Law and Justice and parliamentary affair.”

Relationships with the USA should be based on mutual respect for sovereignty, for independence and territorial integrity for each other.

The report emphasises that Pakistan’s nuclear program and assets including its safety and security cannot be compromised. “The US-Indo civil nuclear agreement has significantly altered the strategic balance in the region, therefore, Pakistan should seek from the US and others a similar treatment.”

It said that the strategic position of Pakistan regarding India on the subject of FMCT must not be compromised and this principle be kept in view in negotiations on this matter.

The report also reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to the elimination of terrorism and combating extremism in pursuance of its national interest.

‘Relationship with Pakistan extremely important’

Hours after the parliamentary committee’s recommendations on US-Pakistan relations were presented in parliament, the US Department of Defense termed its relationship with Pakistan as extremely important.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, DoD spokesperson Captain John Kirby said, “Our relationship with Pakistan remains extremely important to us. We have been patiently respecting the Pakistani government’s process and will continue to do so. The parliamentary debate opened today and is still ongoing, so we’ll refrain from commenting on any particular reports until that process has completed.”

Reader Comments (29)

  • MarkH
    Mar 20, 2012 - 2:01PM

    Now that’s one big and spectacular… Generic checklist.
    And I guess the law makers are inept when it comes to laws.

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Yeah USA must apolozie but the supplies should not be resumed at any cost, we will regret it in future for the support of NATO and US who are killing Muslims

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  • Thoughtful
    Mar 20, 2012 - 2:42PM

    It took so long to come up with this?

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  • Cautious
    Mar 20, 2012 - 2:45PM

    I suspect the American public is still waiting for an apology from Pakistan for harboring OBL — how’s that Abbottabad Commission coming?

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  • Adam
    Mar 20, 2012 - 3:59PM

    @Cautious:
    Well It’s your (US) choice…

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Vienna,March 20,2012
    Ten long years Pakistan had to keep its commitment on eliminating
    terrorism.When drones eliminate them Pakistan hosts them as
    esteemed Muslim guests of a sovereign law unto itself nation.The
    parliament should have made it clear now it treats all Friends of
    Democratic Pakistan as Enemies of Democratic Pakistan.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Gladiators!
    Mar 20, 2012 - 5:03PM

    An incredible wish-list, emanating from Rawalpindi and Aabpara. Civilians have failed Pakistanis. They are ever ready to become pawns in the hands of military establishment.

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  • Saqib
    Mar 20, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Now USA has mean so they playing again. Otherwise why did it take too long to apologize? Iran-Pak gas pipe line and relations between these both countries are not been digested by USA easily and NATO supply, who can forget that, they finally realized that a free way is always welcome than pricey!

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  • Muhammad
    Mar 20, 2012 - 5:59PM

    i do not care about the nato supplies and how will an applogoy help me?

    what i need is more market access?
    what i need is more banking access?
    what i need is new technology?
    what i need is gas
    what i need is electricity
    and may be what i need is peace!Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2012 - 6:12PM

    @Cautious:
    Then tell your American People to PROVE that OBL was killed here. :)

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  • Gladiators!
    Mar 20, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA: What do you mean by “proof”? :)

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  • gp65
    Mar 20, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA: “Then tell your American People to PROVE that OBL was killed here. :)”

    Your country has establ;ished a high powered commission on this issue. DO you think it did so WITHOUT proof that he was killed there? The widows of Bin Laden were also in the custody of Pak agencies. IF Bin Laden had not been killed in Pakistan, do you think the agencies would not have broadcast the fact? Your conspiracy theory really does not stand the test of reason.

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  • Zeta
    Mar 20, 2012 - 7:49PM

    @Cautious:
    LOL! First prove it that he was here. Then prove it that he was being protected. Then prove it that entire nation is culprit.

    If all above is checked, We will apologize

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 20, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Apology for what ?
    US will pay whatever tax you will impose but will never apologize for any error occured during the war against terrorism created by Pakistan and its army . Recommend

  • r p
    Mar 20, 2012 - 8:18PM

    drones continue…kill all Talibaan nothing should left

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  • Azim
    Mar 20, 2012 - 9:49PM

    I am all for drones – and can see the soft stance commission also has taken over the issue. But we need to push for drone technology be transferred to Pakistan if this has to continue.

    On NATO Supplies, yes they need to be heavily taxed but against cash we should ask for ask for pre-paid gas, oil, nuclear reactors (deal similar to that given to India), arms and most importantly trade concessions.

    Finally US needs to curtail India presence in Afghanistan, as they together with old allies / remains of northern alliance as responsible for a lot happening in Baluchistan. We need to use this opportunity to secure our national interest in case of US exit from Afghanistan, we can not live with yet another mass migration of Afghan refugees, and all the challenges that
    comes with such mass movement.

    In all the long over due view from the parliamentary committee comes out to be weak and not comprehensive enough!!

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Pakistan’s parliament knows no shame, does it? Just like other national legislatures…

    If Pakistan is going to own up to its own role in the drones & related issues the answers aren’t going to come from a parliament that was too scared or embarrassed to openly embrace them in the first place. Pakistanis will have to do the job themselves in some other fashion. In the meantime, such a “demand” should be treated by the U.S. with the supreme disdain it deserves. For by openly battling militants U.S. and Pakistani soldiers are taking risks which Pakistan’s politicians refuse to share.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 20, 2012 - 11:36PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:

    He was………….nothing to prove…..

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  • rocky
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:20AM

    promising but also a case of implementation of the recommendations

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  • Jahil online
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:22AM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA: Conspiracy theories and self denial is what has led the land of the pure to become the laughing stock of the civilised world.

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  • Jahil online
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:27AM

    @Zeta: Osama uncle was there and you should not be posting comments as your mullah brothers will be very upset and call you an infidel for going to school and learning to read and write the great Satan’s language. it is individuals like you that want to take pakistan back to the stone ages with one hand , while your other hand has a visa application to go to the west.

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  • Mar 21, 2012 - 1:21AM

    @Kulamarva Balakrishna:
    please define terrorism and terrorists?

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  • Siddiq
    Mar 21, 2012 - 1:46AM

    Did Pakistan deserve what it is facing today? Look back into the history since its independence. This country was made on the basis of an Islamic ideology, but the things are going against its ideology. If you don’t create your own resources to survive, you have to depend on someone else and that someone else can stire you in whatever direction they want.Become a nation first so that you can decide your own fortune.

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  • usman
    Mar 21, 2012 - 2:22AM

    It appears as if the recommendations by the parliamentary committee are inked by Americans rather than Pakistanis. Shameful!

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  • Iron hand
    Mar 21, 2012 - 2:35AM

    There are two solutions to the problem of terrorists using lawless Pakistani territory to train, plan and launch terrorist attacks: 1) the Pakistani government takes them out; 2) the US takes them out. Pick one.

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  • Raj - USA
    Mar 21, 2012 - 3:04AM

    All those who are thinking that USA would ever offer an apology are living in fools paradise. America shall wait out until the November elections. After Obama wins the 2nd term, there will be nothing to hold him back from taking any action he determines is in the interest of USA. Pakistanis have no idea how determined Obama is. Though usually calm and composed, he has repeatedly proved that he can take bold actions and is never afraid of taking risks. It is also possible that by that time, he may have already taken care of Zawahiri and even Mulla Omar, one way or other.

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  • Pollack
    Mar 21, 2012 - 4:36AM

    @Azim:
    “But we need to push for drone technology be transferred to Pakistan if this has to continue.”

    You might as well ask the Americans to give the drones to Taliban. The Americans gave some drones to pak army but they are schoolboy drones.

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  • Arindom
    Mar 21, 2012 - 4:52AM

    @Azim:
    why do you want drone technology? is it to attack police in the fight against terrorists?

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  • Dr. A.K,Tewari
    Mar 21, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Drone is not a technology exclusively developed through the research conducted in US ,then how it can be transfered to Pakistan . It’s a product of international joint venture finaced by USA , that is why it is being operated by a team of international experts at Newada desert . This team includes some Indian and Pakistani technologist and streategists as well , I hope you will understand that the classified informations should remain classified , …..?:

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