November 29, 2011
Anna Christopher, NPR
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Asked if she questions whether the airstrikes were not a mistake, and instead a deliberate act of aggression, Khar says: "We would like to wait for the investigations. Currently, the briefings that we have gotten seem to be pointing towards a direction which is not a happy place to be in. If it is a deliberate attempt, then the question that I referred to would obviously be much, much, much more serious." As to whether her country will cooperate in an American-led investigation into the bombings, Khar tells NPR: "Pakistan has not responded to that yet, and I would not want to comment on that at this point in time. I think the questions raised in Pakistan are much larger than whether we would participate in an investigation or not. I want to emphasize on the fact that this is not an isolated incident."
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