Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pakistan says reviewing ties with US

Pakistani women staged an anti-US protest rally in Karachi on December 20, 2011

Source: Press TV

A Pakistani parliamentary committee is reviewing the country's relations with the United States after recent tensions between the two countries.

A senior government official said on Tuesday that the committee is reviewing the state of ties with the US and the kind of relationship that Pakistan should have with Washington in future.

"The relationship in future will be transparent and there will be new terms of engagement with the US in counterterrorism," the unnamed official said.

Washington-Islamabad relations entered a new phase after US-led airstrikes killed at least 24 Pakistani troops and injured dozens of others in northwest Pakistan in November. The raid prompted several anti-US demonstrations in Pakistani cities.

The Pakistani government has shut vital supply routes for US-led foreign soldiers in Afghanistan following the attack.

NATO has expressed hope for a quick reopening of the border, arguing that the blockade is damaging the economies of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The US claims that the drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures indicate that the aerial bombings have led to the loss of hundreds of Pakistani civilian lives.

The country has lost more than 35,000 people in militant attacks and bomb explosions since 2007, according to independent estimates.

Millions more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy across the country.

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