Islamabad: The crucial joint session of Pakistan Parliament that will endorse new terms of engagement with the US began in Islamabad on Tuesday following a string of crises, including the November 26 NATO strike, that took relations to an all-time low.
The joint session of the Senate and National Assembly, summoned by President Asif Ali Zardari, will debate the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security for revamping the country's strategic ties with the US.
The unprecedented parliamentary review of bilateral relations was ordered by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a cross-border NATO air strike in November.
Even before that, Pakistan-US ties were buffeted by a string of crises last year, including the gunning down of two Pakistani men by a CIA contractor in Lahore and the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US special forces in the garrison town of Abbottabad....more
02:53 PM, Mar 20, 2012