Rehman Malik hopes US would consider PCNS recommendations

Interior minister laid foundation stone for monument in FC Headquarters.

March 22, 2012

PESHAWAR: With the US refusing to comment on the ongoing Parliamentary review of Pakistan’s policy towards with its chief war on terror ally, Interior Minister Rahman Malik on Thursday expressed the hope that the Americans would consider the recommendations put forward by Parliamentary Committee for National Security (PCNS).

The committee’s head, Senator Raza Rabbani had on Tuesday put forward draft recommendations before the Parliament on Tuesday for continued relations between Pakistan and US. The recommendations, which need to be debated and approved by the Parliament before coming into effect had called for the US to tender an unconditional apology over the Salala checkpost bombing by Nato aircraft, and halting drone strikes in the tribal regions.

Malik, while talking to media men after laying the foundation stone for the monument of slain Commandant Frontier Constabulary (FC) Siffat Ghayyur and other ‘soldiers who had lost their life in the war against militants at FC Headquarters, hoped the United States would give a positive response on the recommendations PCNS. The Parliament, he said, was a supreme institution in any country.

The Parliament is due to reconvene on Monday over the recommendations and debate them for three days.


Cautious | 11 years ago | Reply

The border incident was a tragedy -- but Pakistan's reaction was borderline irrational. The response was immediate, nasty, without any investigation, denied any possibility that it's own soldiers may been at fault (despite a history of unprovoked cross border shootings) - and even assigned a bizarre motive (vindictive revenge for losing Afghan war). The icing on the cake was your refusal to participate in a joint investigation which would have allowed investigators form both sides to interview soldiers and their commanders - a response that implies you don't want the full truth exposed. . Presidential apologies are difficult to come under any circumstances - the chances are getting an apology where there are unanswered questions are slim to none. Don't hold your breath.

MarkH | 11 years ago | Reply

Well since he said it then of course that changes everything.

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