Pak panel finalises new 'terms of engagement' with US
A Pakistani parliamentary panel has finalised a draft of recommendations for new "terms of engagement" with the US and Nato as part of the Islamabad's efforts to revamp its troubled relations with Washington.world Updated: Jan 05, 2012 17:17 IST
A Pakistani parliamentary panel has finalised a draft of recommendations for new "terms of engagement" with the US and Nato as part of the Islamabad's efforts to revamp its troubled relations with Washington.
Raza Rabbani, the head of the parliamentary committee on national security, said the panel had finalised a draft of its recommendations for the new "terms of engagement" with the US in view of the cross-border Nato air strike and the current security situation in Pakistan.
"The committee has almost given the final shape to its recommendations (for reviewing ties with the US)," he told reporters after a meeting of the parliamentary panel.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had recently tasked the committee to frame recommendation for the new terms of engagement after Pakistan-US ties were hit by a string of crises ranging from the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May to the NATO air strike that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead in November.
The parliamentary panel's recommendations will be debated at a joint session of the two houses of parliament and the government will then frame a new policy for ties with the US and Nato.
Rabbani said the Finance Minister will attend a meeting of the committee tomorrow to present his views and respond to questions while the Foreign and Defence Secretaries will be invited to attend another meeting next Tuesday to give their inputs.
"If necessary, their viewpoints will be incorporated in the final recommendations," he said.