Apologise, PM tells NATO

Published: October 2, 2010
Gilani threatens to go beyond ‘diplomatic condemnation’ 
and use ‘other options’ if cross-border strikes continue.

Gilani threatens to go beyond ‘diplomatic condemnation’ and use ‘other options’ if cross-border strikes continue.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday demanded an apology from the Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan for repeated violations of Pakistan’s airspace by their helicopters and said that his government will go beyond “diplomatic condemnation” and use “other options” if cross-border strikes continued.

“If Pakistan’s integrity is attacked again, there are other ways and options…and we will consider them,” Gilani told lawmakers in the National Assembly on Friday. However, he did not say what other “non-diplomatic options” could be.

Meanwhile, the authorities stopped trucks carrying fuel and military hardware for Nato troops in Afghanistan for a second consecutive day on Thursday.

Nato helicopter gunships on Thursday violated Pakistan’s airspace and targeted a security checkpoint in the Kurram tribal region, killing three paramilitary Frontier Corps soldiers. It was the fourth cross-border air strike by Nato forces in as many days.

Gilani sought either an explanation or compensation from Nato for the pre-dawn attack in Kurram Agency. “We have cooperation in the war on terror…it doesn’t mean we have sold out our sovereignty and integrity,” the premier added.

“When we (Pakistan and Nato) have intelligence cooperation, they  (international forces) must share with us any information and we, our forces, will take the action. They should not carry out attacks themselves,” Gilani said, repeating his government’s stated position on the issue.

The prime minister was responding to a point of order by an opposition lawmaker who advised the government not to compromise on such things. “How long we will continue to tolerate such things…Just ask them (Americans), enough is enough,” Lt-Gen (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch of the PML-N said.

Nab ordinance

Earlier Premier Gilani told the lower house of parliament that he was not aware of any ordinance President Asif Zardari had issued secretly to transfer the powers of the chief of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to the law minister.

Gilani, however, appeared to be “uneasy” when a lawmaker raised the issue during the brief proceedings for the day.

He told the house that the government has sought more time from the Supreme Court for the appointment of a new NAB chairman because two of its nominees were rejected by the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, whose consultation is mandatory under the 18th constitutional amendment.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2010.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Oct 2, 2010 - 11:11AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Apparently this PM Gillani’s statement is based on courage and bravery but how long this courageous and brave stand our leaders shall take against the US and NATO forces?And after taking strong and stern stand against the US and NATO forces our leaders are succeeded then it is clear that through this brave and courageous step our leaders can coerce USA to release and hand over Pakistan innocent and sinless Dr. Aafia easily.This is the biggest weakness of US and NATO forces has been displayed before the world and now Pakistan should make the use of this weakness and should compel them to accept their legal rights they have usurped.Recommend

  • wasim
    Oct 2, 2010 - 11:29AM

    what apologize . just apology. u will say only about apology and they r killing us . take some against this not money…Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Oct 2, 2010 - 11:47AM

    Had our PM had the courage to say this in the face of Hilary or Obama, this would not have happened in the first place.Recommend

  • ADE
    Oct 2, 2010 - 12:53PM

    @Ahmer Ali…..there is nothing courageous about this. It just goes to show how we have adopted the colonial policy of being slaves. We should take an example from our neighbours such as Iran…they know what is the meaning of diplomacy and politics..not us. We are currently in a very sorry state.Recommend

  • jam
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:02PM

    gillani sb is great we are expecting these kind of measures from him. Recommend

  • Najba
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:29PM

    This “brave stand” has been taken so late that even we are surprised that has the prime minister actually taken this step? Is it possible? I’m sure the NATO people are surprised as well, its hard for them to digest that Pakistan has stood up for its rights ??? Really!!! Can they do that???
    Danielle Pearl was a victim of terrorism in Pakistan and we were not responsible for it but still we were scorned for this incident among the numerous others, and now look at the Americans they have killed our honest soldiers just because they thought it was fine. If we are not going to stand for our people then they will continue to bomb our people without a second thought.
    The thing is that we have given them this much leverage that is why they have reached this point.
    Mr Prime Minister thank you so much for taking this step, I hope u stand by it. May Allah grant you wisdom for the betterment of our country. Ameen.Recommend

  • ASK
    Oct 2, 2010 - 1:44PM

    PM Gilani doesn’t have the courage to say loud and clear that if another strike took place, we will hit back. They are already using dronrs to kill innocent people every day, now they are pushing the limits and checking our nerves. In my opinion drone strikes are as big an offense as the violations of border. Oh Allah please give us leaders who are true men, brave leaders, and great muslims. Amen. Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2010 - 4:18PM

    Hmmm… atlast something good/brave/courageous to hear from government’s mouth….Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 2, 2010 - 4:26PM

    I appreciate your saying that Gilani sahab, Honestly I wasnt even expecting even this amount of bravery from the govt who is enslaved to the US but still atleast you said something though not to them directly, I would have appreciated you more had you called in their ambassador and used the hard line but we cant do that cant we??? with all the God damn aid we are getting to be spent on luxuries of the ministers and the elites we cant really do that!

    As far as appology is concerned hmmm lets wait and see when they say we are sorry for killing your lads and we ensure you next time we shall do it more openly and you wont say a word on it, after all you are our allies on was on terror either you are with us or against us and if you say we applogise to you then you are against US!!

    Besides you think their saying sorry will bring back the innocent they have been killing in Afghan Iraq or Pakistan???? Sorry Mr. PM!!!Recommend

  • Malik
    Oct 2, 2010 - 4:26PM

    the region is lacking balance of power, unfortunate for Pakistan its power to retain peace is made to be declined by some with aggressive agenda. Our very leaders subdue to their will and tell us that we must do that otherwise we should start thinking of from where we are going to eat next meal. These leaders are basically beggars, they look beggars and act like beggars. 1.5 billion dollar of aid every year is the price they think is good enough let anyone jump into our lands. Well, i think Zaradi by himself is worth 1.5 billion dollar, if you take next Nawaz Sharif is also worth 1.5 billion dollar. There must be many more corrupt people around with lots of money. So this pressure tactic of giving aid verses fight for me story should finish. If Nato has to fight they should fight the war by itself we must be least interested for whatever they are doing. Its not new for them that people saying good bye to them in this nobel war with their best allie UK has given 500 soldiers to fight or sit, i dont know.

    Why we are so much concerned about them and why should we allow our people to die for this stupidity which is creating more problems than solving. Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2010 - 5:44PM

    Apology? Are you kidding Mr Prime Minister? The fact is that we are not in a position to do any thing against NATO or US. And I bet you, they are not going to apologize & will use our airspace, kill our personnel again and again.
    Let’s see what will be your reaction then.Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2010 - 6:28PM

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Whatever makes you think we’ve NOT sold ourselves to the American and other forces as yet. We did that in 2001. It’s 2010 now. Please wake up.Recommend

  • Singh
    Oct 2, 2010 - 6:47PM

    All reader please you must read Bob Woodword new book Obama War. Then make a comment. You will understand where is bravery by leader or military leadership of your country. I got this book yesterday & finish it same day. It is eye opener. It may enable you to see other side. God bless you with wisdom & peace.Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Oct 2, 2010 - 7:31PM

    will they apologize in kind or goods?Recommend

  • sajid
    Oct 2, 2010 - 7:47PM

    Havn’t our beloved politician sold this country to USA? PM is saying this only for domestic crowd. this is not reported on any of other news outlets.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Oct 2, 2010 - 9:26PM

    Apologize? I dont think that is going to happen. Pakistan cannot annoy the hand that is responsible for keeping it standing. All NATO needs to do is to delay a couple of payments of aid and Pakistan will be huffing and puffing for air.Recommend

  • Zameer
    Oct 3, 2010 - 2:59AM

    “Gilani sought either an explanation or compensation from Nato for the pre-dawn attack in Kurram Agency. “We have cooperation in the war on terror…it doesn’t mean we have sold out our sovereignty and integrity,” the premier added.”

    Wah jee wah – explanation or compensation. In other words, if you must kill us, please just pay for the dead bodies. No, no, we haven’t sold out our sovereignty indeed. We have auctioned it. I wonder what is the payment that NATO makes for killing one Pakistani soldier? And more importantly, who gets that money? The Shaheed’s family? The Army? The “democratic” government? Our national product has now become the lives of Pakistani people. We have experienced great growth in GDP because of the civilian and army casualties suffered at the hands of this war. We must be on top of the list of fast growing nations by now. Why not ask IMF to start funding some projects on this basis?

    It is definitely one of the worst times in the history of Pakistan. God have mercy on the poor, trusting, hardworking people of Pakistan. God forgive the sins of our nation and our leaders to take us out of the dark ages where we are continually being pushed. And may God give our nation the wisdom and strength to cope with the economic and political catastrophe that has been inflicted on this country. Recommend

  • asma@london
    Oct 3, 2010 - 3:27AM

    I think the nation has died spiritually. Forget the politicians, what about the people of Pakistan? Can they not do something? If this illegal and badmash act is not nipped from the bud get ready for similar border violations from India. They must be over the moon seeing the way Pakistan is being used and abused. It is so embarrassing!Recommend

  • Oct 3, 2010 - 5:05AM
  • Ben
    Oct 3, 2010 - 11:11PM

    The drone attacks have become a way of life (or death?) not only for civilians but now also for military men in Pakistan. And these attacks not only target militants’ hideouts, these also rocket Pakistan’s military posts. The military which is sacrificing so that Toms, Dicks and Harries and their offspring in the land of milk and honey remain safe, is now target of the fury of all these Toms, Dicks and Harries. And still they ask; “why Pakistanis hate us in spite of our aid?” It is apparent that the American public is largely unaware of the easy-going attitude of American establishment which causes death and destruction elsewhere. But those who know do not like it. The question, however, remains; will the establishment of the US care unless the people of Pakistan practically demonstrate how much they dislike foreign elements threatening their security, and these foreign element include not only Arab, Uzbek and African fighters, these also include Americans of the Black-water variety and those sitting in Washington DC ordering drone attacks. The war in Afghanistan is almost over and so is American hegemony in this unipolar world. Someone somewhere is writing a New world Order yet again. Read more at:link textRecommend

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