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Re-set of ties with US needed: Pak

world Updated: Feb 17, 2012 01:41 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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Pakistan on Tuesday said a re-set was needed in its relations with the US with an emphasis on its territorial sovereignty, as fresh evidence has surfaced lately of flagrant violations.

"I would say that a re-set was needed," said Pakistan's new ambassador Sherry Rahman in a speech, adding later, "notion of territorial sovereignty dominates" discourse at home.

This was Rahman's first speech after succeeding Husain Haqqani, who resigned in the wake of a controversy known as the "Memogate", which raised prospects of an Army coup.

The plea for a re-set with emphasis on territorial sovereignty came within days of a book detailing violations of Pakistan's borders by US personnel.

Re-set is a diplomatic term used to re-think a relationship used liberally for the first time in the context of US-Russia relations. This caps a year of bitter recriminations between the two countries over a CIA contractor's arrest, and shooting of 24 Pakistani soldiers by US-led forces.

Pakistan put the relationship on ice, saying it needed time to re-think about it. It even refused to receive US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman.