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Hina Rabbani Khar Says Pakistan Could End Support for Terror War

Posted by on Friday, December 2, 2011, 9:14
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Pakistan, enraged by a NATO cross-border attack that killed 24 soldiers, could end support for the U.S.-led war on militancy if its sovereignty is violated again, the foreign minister said, warning that “enough is enough.”Hina Rabbani Khar

The South Asian nation has already shown its anger over the weekend strike by pulling out of an international conference in Germany next week on Afghanistan, depriving the talks of a central player in efforts to bring peace to its neighbor.

“Enough is enough. The government will not tolerate any incident of spilling even a single drop of any civilian or soldier’s blood,” a local newspaper on Thursday quoted Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar as telling a Senate committee on foreign affairs.

“Pakistan’s role in the war on terror must not be overlooked,” Khar said, suggesting Pakistan could end its support for the U.S. war on militancy. Despite opposition at home, Islamabad backed Washington after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The U.S. Embassy released a video statement on YouTube by Ambassador Cameron Munter in which he expressed regret for the attack. (http:/link.reuters.com/cyz35s)

“I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the people and government of Pakistan, and especially to Pakistan’s men and women in uniform, for the tragic incident that took place on November 26 in Mohmand Agency,” he said, standing in front of U.S. and Pakistani flags.

“We regret it very much,” he added in Urdu.

He said the United States took the attack “very seriously” and pledged “a full, in-depth investigation.”

“Pakistan and the U.S. have stood together for over 60 years,” he said. “We have weathered previous crises together. I’m certain we will weather this one too, and emerge, together, as stronger partners.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the investigation was still in its early stages and he made clear the administration thought it would be premature to consider whether or not to apologize to Pakistan until the probe is complete.

“We need to find the results of this investigation,” he told reporters in Washington. “We have offered our condolences. … I’m not going to prejudge actions we might take, what we might say, in the future.”

He confirmed there had been a suggestion from the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan for a taped message of condolences, presumably by President Barack Obama, but a decision was made to offer condolences instead on the president’s behalf.

But events seemed to be working against lowering tensions. Two Pakistani men were killed in Afghanistan early on Thursday and Pakistani border guards said NATO may have been responsible.

The officials said the two men, who were from the town of Chagai in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, were gathering wood 30 km (19 miles) inside Afghanistan. They said NATO helicopters fired on their vehicle.

“I can confirm that the bodies of two residents of Chagai have arrived from Afghanistan,” said Chagai Assistant Commissioner Tufail Baloch. “But I do not have any information on how they were killed. It happened on Afghan soil so we don’t have many details yet.”

NATO officials had no immediate comment.

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1 Response to “Hina Rabbani Khar Says Pakistan Could End Support for Terror War”

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    2014.06.14 23:09

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