Pak to move on in its ties with US Khar



Islamabad: Pakistan on
Monday said it was time to "move on" and mend relations with the US,
signalling a climb-down from its demand for an unconditional American
apology for reopening key NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

"It
was important to make a point. Pakistan has made the point and we now need
to move on and go into a positive zone of trying to conduct our
relations," Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said.


Khar
made the comments during a news conference when she was asked about
reopening supply routes to Afghanistan that were closed after the cross
border NATO raid in November last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Khar's
remarks assume significance as they came a day before a meeting of the
Defence Committee of the Cabinet, Pakistan's highest decision-making body
on security issues that is expected to discuss the reopening of the supply
routes and the country's participation in a NATO Summit in Chicago during
May 20-21.

"As far as the question of an apology is concerned,
Parliament has categorically said that the government should seek an
apology from the US. We have (sought) an apology from the US," she said in
response to another question about Pakistan's demand for an unconditional
apology for the NATO attack.

Khar did not say whether Islamabad
would insist on the apology.

Official sources said that President
Asif Ali Zardari was not averse to participating in the NATO summit if
Pakistan and the US are able to agree on some sort of face-saving
arrangement.





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