WHEN an American surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet collided near the Chinese coast, the Chinese pilot was presumed dead after the jet crashed into the sea whereas the American plane made an emergency landing on the Hainan Island in China and the crew was kept under custody.

Later, the Chinese government announced that the Americans were improperly spying on them. Four days after the crash, the Chinese demanded a serious apology. At first, the US officials released a statement that they regretted the death of the Chinese pilot.

It was not enough for the Americans to be forgiven and their plane and crew to be returned. Days passed until the US ambassador to China wrote a letter that they were ‘very sorry’ and apologised for landing on Chinese soil without permission.

The incident clearly marks the difference between the two ‘sorrys’. The first is just regret. The second is a wholehearted apology.

In our case, the second sorry must have been expected and then accepted, but the government, without having a clear concept of the two different meanings, accepted the first one.

The government has accepted ‘sorry’ by the US in haste to improve relations with it. This is hurting the ego of thousands of soldiers fighting for our protection and everyone else who is a true patriotic Pakistani.

MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM TARIQ Lahore

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Aziz
July 12, 2012 10:35 am
Such comparisons are obnoxious to say the least. Any individual killed is a great loss. For the family it is always irreparable.Pakistanis have lost over 35000 fellow countrymen. Such comparisons only shows any lack of respect for human life especially Pakistani life.
Baba Sidni
July 12, 2012 4:00 am
China is and was a superpower, while Pakistan is not. Beggars are not choosers, do I need to say more!
Alize
July 12, 2012 2:45 pm
Pakistani politicians have no sense of bereavement of their nation ..
Agha Ata
July 12, 2012 1:04 pm
To be treated like China, you should become like China!
murali
July 12, 2012 6:51 am
USA killed 24 and whole nation erupted. Taliban killed 1000s and no protest, Stop your double standards and demand an apology from Taliban first, Will you?
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