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
Washington: The US is unlikely to achieve much beyond resumption of logistic support from Pakistan, two former diplomats have warned. The warning comes ahead of the crucial meeting of Pakistan Parliament's discussion on its relationship with the US. "The hope of a common strategy in Afghanistan is completely unrealistic," Teresita and Howard Schaffer wrote in their latest piece on the website of the Foreign Policy magazine. They were recently in...
07:37 AM, Mar 20, 2012
New Delhi: Citing the collapse of the Berlin Wall that unified Germany, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that differences between India and Pakistan may be resolved one day since the two cannot wish each other away and live in "perpetual tension". "I do not have the capacity to indulge in the romanticism that like Berlin Wall, one day the differences may go. How the course of history will take...
02:11 PM, Jan 12, 2011