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'Musharraf must summoned'

Pakistani lawmakers have suggested summoning former President Pervez Musharraf to explain the terms and conditions agreed upon with the US.

world Updated: Oct 10, 2008 16:26 IST

Pakistani lawmakers are still looking for answers from the top intelligence brass on reasons for an upsurge in terrorist violence in the country and have suggested summoning former President Pervez Musharraf to explain the terms and conditions agreed upon with the US.

For this they have demanded another elaborate briefing from the ISI brass, which the government has fixed for Monday. The lawmakers are insisting on knowing whether there is any apparent secret understanding to allow US-led coalition forces to carry out missile attacks and strikes on Pakistani soil bordering Afghanistan.

There were still question marks on whether the government would accede to the demands for summoning Musharraf before the joint session.

The main opposition PML-N's parliamentary leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, called on the government to summon Musharraf to the session to tell the parliament about the "rules of engagement" agreed upon with the US in the war on terror which Pakistan entered during his regime.

Khan said his party did not participate in yesterday's question-answer session as it was not satisfied with the format of the briefing.

"We want parliament to be briefed on an umbrella strategy to replace the existing (anti-terror) policy," Khan said.

Meanwhile, Interior ministry chief Rehman Malik, a top leader of the ruling PPP and a key aide of President Asif Ali Zardari, will brief members of the National Assembly and Senate during Monday's session in a second briefing by civilian officials.