Petraeus never apologised to Kayani over Pakistan drone strike that killed 44 civilians
The News International, March 28, 2011
The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) Commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus has neither apologised nor given any explanation to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani regarding the killing of 44 civilians in the March 17 drone attack in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency.
A local news agency reported that Petraeus had contacted Kayani to apologise over the killings.
Pakistan on March 17 had refused to participate in a Trilateral Meeting with the US in Brussels and demanded an apology and an explanation over CIA’s drone strike a day after one of its contractor, Raymond Davis was released.
When contacted by The News, a US military source in Pakistan denied these reports carried by a local news agency, and said, “With regards to the allegation that General Petraeus contacted the Pakistani military or that he expressed regret over this alleged incident, I can assure you that General Petraeus hasn’t had any contact with Pakistani military leaders since his meeting with General Kayani on March 3.”
When asked about this particular drone strike, the US military source responded, “With regards to the alleged drone incident, we do not comment on these allegations. However, the US mission in Pakistan is to conduct training and provide support to Pakistan’s fight against violent extremists”.
Meanwhile, reports from North Waziristan Agency speak about compensation to the family members of Dattakhel drone strike victims. The political agent announced Rs300,000 each for the family members of those martyred in the drone strike and Rs100,000 each for injured ones.