Pakistan to reassess ties with US, NATO: Gilani

December 10th, 2011 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Dec 10 (IANS) Pakistan is reassessing its relations with the US and NATO, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani following a NATO airstrike that left 24 soldiers dead late last month.

Gilani Friday said Pakistan is going to redefine terms of cooperation with the US and NATO.

On Nov 26, NATO helicopter gunships attacked two Pakistan Army checkposts in Mohmand Agency, leaving 24 soldiers dead and sparking outrage in the country. Islamabad promptly cut off NATO supplies through the country and told the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase.

Pakistan also boycotted the Dec 5 Bonn conference that focussed on Afghanistan’s future.

Gilani said that said there were ups and downs in Pakistan-US relations, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

The prime minister visited the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences to meet patients who underwent cataract surgeries conducted by a team of Chinese surgeons under a programme ‘Bright Light Tour’.

To a question about NATO attack on Pakistani security forces, he said the matter was referred to the parliamentary committee on national security to formulate recommendations to reassess relations with US and NATO.

“We are also holding an inquiry into the incident,” he added.

The recommendations will be presented to a joint sitting of parliament, which will revisit and redefine terms of cooperation with the US and NATO forces in future, he added.

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