Pakistani Panel Demands New Restrictions, Apology from US
(ISLAMABAD) — Still furious over the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers during a NATO air strike last November, a parliamentary panel in Islamabad has recommended that coalition forces should no longer be allowed to use Pakistan to transport weapons into Afghanistan.
Since the incident five months ago just over the border from Afghanistan, Pakistan has closed off the supply routes, making it more difficult for U.S. and NATO troops to get essential arms. The new edict would permit only food and medicine to be brought into Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Committee on National Security also called on the White House to deliver an unconditional apology to the Pakistani government for the deaths of it troops.
The other recommendations include that the “U.S. should also give assurance that such attacks do not take place in the future” and that no foreign governments will be allowed to conduct covert or overt operations or establish bases in Pakistan.
Washington and the Pentagon plan to review the recommendations. President Obama has sent his regrets, but issued no formal apology for the “friendly fire” incident last Nov. 26 that the military said was due to mistakes by both sides.
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