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October 9, 2010

US apology

Islamabad

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October 9, 2010

A superpower apologising and admitting to its mistake -- though not a commonplace occurrence -- shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. In fact, it teaches us a lesson. No one will respect our sovereignty unless we do it first. The issue of the breaching of our borders, and that too quite frequently, shouldn't have been taken lightly at any time. I commend the government and the armed forces for taking a firm stand against the violation of our borders and sticking to it till the end.
Sohaib Ali
Islamabad

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It seems the incident of NATO helicopters accidently killing three Pakistani soldiers was a chance the terrorist were waiting for to exploit and create rifts between the two key allies in the war against terror. To their disappointment, the key allies not only launched a joint investigation, but the US later admitted its responsibility and apologised to the families of the deceased as well as the nation.
Mansoor Khalid
Islamabad

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The US finally apologised to Pakistan for an attack by NATO helicopters in Pakistani territory in which three FC personnel were killed. However, it makes one wonder why our government never took a firm stand on the issue of drone attacks in the northern areas in which hundreds of our innocent countrymen have been killed so far.
Salman Ahmed
Lahore

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