NATO supply routes through Pakistan to Afghanistan have been reopened after a long-awaited US apology, but Pakistanis question whether their demands have been met.
The Pakistani government officially reopened supply routes on Wednesday, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for a NATO-led cross-border attack that killed 24 soldiers and prompted Pakistan to close down supply routes in November. A parliamentary resolution immediately following the attack called on the government to demand an unconditional apology from the US, the end of drone attacks, and higher transit fees for NATO trucks.
The decision to reopen the supply routes after the apology is a major step forward for US-Pakistan relations, especially after several months of public disagreements and comments that seemed to indicate a deteriorating partnership. However, opposition parties in Pakistan's National Assembly are calling the move “submissive” and are complaining that Pakistan’s government has failed to uphold the country's national interests. America-friendly analysts are questioning the point of Pakistan's defiant approach to the US, arguing that not much has really changed.
“The parliament said that America needs to ask for our forgiveness after the NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and shut down drone attacks. The US has not ceased drone attacks,” says GEO News reporter Hamir Mir.