SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON - The White House has rejected the idea of offering a US apology to Pakistan over the NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, saying an inquiry into the deadly incident is still in progress. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration has offered condolences for what he called 'the tragic loss of life in Pakistan, but he maintained that it would be premature for the White House to consider apologising to Pakistan until a US-led military investigation is complete. We are in the middle of an investigation - actually, at the early stages of an investigation - into what exactly happened, he said. So, I think that the expression of condolences for the tragic loss of life conveys a sincere sentiment about our feelings, the presidents feelings and the administrations feelings, and it goes to the importance of the relationship that we have with Pakistan.