Bilawal Bhutto on US apology

Published: May 24, 2012

RAWALPINDI: Though I don’t have much love lost for Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he has certainly earned my respect for daring to ask US President Barack Obama to apologise to Pakistan for the Salala misadventure. Being challenged by so young a person must have come as a rude shock to Mr Obama — but the fact is that Bilawal has spoken for millions of Pakistanis. And the sooner the US government realises this, the better it would be for it.

They Americans should understand that even if parliament, the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, or even the army itself agrees to opening the Nato supply route, the Pakistani nation will not let it happen. It is more than 1,000 kilometres from Karachi to Torkham and not all the King’s men and horses put together can guard it against the sporadic attacks that are bound to take place. The only way out for the US and Nato is to come to terms with the sentiments of the Pakistani nation. And they should also understand the age-old dictum ‘respect begets respect’.

Col. (retd) Riaz Jafri

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2012.

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  • Only fraud
    May 25, 2012 - 2:30AM

    Bilawal butto will speak like this as he has not yet gain parliment super power/


  • Shahnawaz
    May 25, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Afridi is Pakistani national and Pakistan has full right to put him under surveillance or punish him if he has violated our constitution. USA is no one to interfere in an internal matter of Pakistan, that involves a Pakistani citizen and the allege crime occurred with in Pakistani state. If USA has got an issue and feels that a human rights violation is happening by punishing a traiter, it should go to ICJ or UN.


  • May 29, 2012 - 12:39AM

    @Only fraud:
    Pleas try to understand,you have overlooked the back ground of the statement,and hurriedly commented on the statement.

    When we see the scenario,found parliament’s recommendations regarding the apology as demanded by,

    In fact,Mr.Balawal has supported parliament’s demand,statement is no new ,before this many other leaders have supported the parliament’s be considered it through a true angle,thanks.


  • May 29, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Wrong ,absolutely wrong,Musharraf is not responsible for Benazir Bhutto’s murder,he is not responsible.
    It would be baseless allegation in case,any one say,he was involved in the martyrdom of BB.

    As a documentary evidence ,relevant record is witness,Musharraf warned BB not come to Pakistan,because circumstances were not favorable but she insisted and came.

    First incident happened in Karachi and subsequently second incident taken place in Islamabad.
    she was rightly informed,the warning was not malafide.


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