US envoy apologises to Pakistan for helicopter raid (Lead)October 7th, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS
By Awais Saleem
Islamabad, Oct 7 (IANS) US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson has formally extended an apology to Islamabad for a helicopter raid on a security check post in the country that killed three personnel.
A NATO helicopter fired gunshots at the check post of the paramilitary Frontier Scouts Sep 30 alongside the Afghan border.
At least three troopers were killed while three others were injured in the attack that caused outrage in the country.
After the attack, Pakistan decided to cut off a logistical supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan and demanded action against those responsible for the attack.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, “The supply could not be restored unless and until public reaction calmed down.”
NATO secretary general Andre Rasmussen visited Pakistan to discuss the restoration of the supply route. “A thorough probe has been launched,” he said, while Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hoped that “the supply route will resume soon”.
Earlier, a White House spokesman said, “The attack will not impact relations between both countries.”
The formal apology from the US envoy is the latest initiative to ease the tension created in the aftermath of the attack.
Patterson, in her statement, said that “the incident was an unfortunate accident”. “We will devise a mechanism together with the Pakistani government to avoid such attacks in future,” she added.
(Awais Saleem can be contacted at email@example.com)
- NATO supply resumes from Pakistan's border (Lead) - Oct 10, 2010
- 35 NATO oil tankers torched in Pakistan (Lead) - Oct 06, 2010
- Pakistan says no to US drone strikes in Balochistan - Nov 20, 2010
- "No timeframe" for reopening NATO supply line: Pak FO - Oct 05, 2010
- India not serious on composite dialogue, alleges Pakistan - Oct 28, 2010
- Zardari leaves for US to attend NATO summit - May 18, 2012
- Pakistan denies receiving new proposals from India - Nov 20, 2010
- Pakistan to review its foreign policy - Dec 09, 2011
- Pakistan Taliban warns MPs against NATO supply restoration - Mar 26, 2012
- Pakistan denies reopening NATO routes to Afghanistan - Jan 20, 2012
- NATO calls on Pakistan to open border for supplies - Oct 05, 2010
- Pakistani leaders harp on US apology for NATO air strike (Lead) - May 22, 2012
- US apologises to Pak over NATO cross-border helicopter attack - Oct 07, 2010
- Rasmussen, Qureshi to hold talks following 'cross-border air strike standoff' - Oct 03, 2010
- Drone attack a violation of sovereignty: Pakistan - Jan 13, 2012
Tags: afghan border, aftermath, apologises, foreign minister, foreign office, formal apology, gmail, helicopter raid, nato forces in afghanistan, nato secretary general, oct 7, office spokesman, outrage, pakistani government, rasmussen, saleem, security check, shah mahmood, unfortunate accident, white house spokesman