Mending US-Pak ties: Bilawal asks Obama to ‘show courage’ and apologise

Published: May 23, 2012

PPP Chairman says Pakistan deserves an apology. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has urged US President Barack Obama to show ‘some courage’ and apologise to Pakistan for last year’s Nato airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at Salala, and bring US-Pakistan relations back on track.

“Pakistan deserves an apology,” he said while addressing a gathering of PPP workers in New York Monday night, according to a press release from the chairman’s media office.

Bilawal also called for an end to US drone attacks inside Pakistani territory, saying they were illegal and violated international law, and also the US war powers act.

“Continuing unilateral US drone attacks on Pakistani soil are a constant irritant to Pakistani public opinion – both, as a clear violation of our sovereignty, and the toll of collateral damage to innocent victims,” he said.

“I would like the American public to consider their reaction if American troops were killed in such an attack on their border with Mexico,” Bilawal said.

“I urge President Obama to show some courage. I understand he is running for re-election but if he is the same man who inspired the world with his message of hope and change, the future of Nato mission in Afghanistan should be more important than poll numbers,” he added.

Referring to other incidents that led to the present tensions, he said, “The unilateral action in Abbottabad made many in Pakistan question whether the United States actually considered Pakistan a military ally in our common war on terrorism and extremism.”

“The Raymond Davis fiasco made many in our country question the role and authority of CIA activities in Pakistan,” he added.

“This is truly a moment of tension and re-examination … the future of the bilateral relationship could well determine the success of moderation against extremism in South and Central Asia,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • ijazmir
    May 23, 2012 - 9:34AM

    I feeling sorry for Bilawal, he was not allowed in NATO summit, Sharry Rahman quickly arranged dinner in a Pakistani restaurant where Bilawal spoke to a small gathering of PPP Chamchas.
    Why he has to be tail lamp of his father.? no one told Balawal that issu has been setteled.,

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  • Saqib
    May 23, 2012 - 11:44AM

    At least something to appreciate form PPP . . . . good.. angry young man,

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  • Polpot
    May 23, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Why does Bilawal not speak about the state of Loadshedding in Pakistan? Hmmmm
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    He could address his remarks to the President of Pakistan….like his earlier remarks to the President of US.

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  • Shyam
    May 23, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Pakistan has a new superhero- Bilawalman

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  • Shahram
    May 24, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Say that to Obama in his face young man, that will be real responsibility taking, however the statement is positive and had to come, and also Bilawal is going for Election…!!!

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