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Pak parliament approves new recommendations on ties with US

Islamabad, Fri, 13 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 13(ANI): A joint session of the Pakistan parliament has unanimously approved new recommendations on ties with the United States.

The new recommendations were passed by the Parliamentary Committee on the National Security (PCNS) and included a host of new demands such as an immediate end to US drone strikes and prohibiting the use of Pakistan's airspace for transportation of arms and ammunition to Afghanistan, The Express Tribune reports.

But it leaves the decision of deciding the fate of sealed NATO supply lines to the Pakistan People's Party led government, which will have to absorb the fallout by itself.ew recommendations

1 Pakistani territory including its airspace shall not be used for transportation for arms and ammunition to Afghanistan

2 All verbal agreements or understandings regarding national security shall cease to have effect forthwith

3 No security contractors or intelligence operatives shall be allowed

4 Pakistan should actively pursue the gas pipeline projects with Iran and Turkmenistan

Discarded recommendations

1 The activity of foreign private security contractors must be transparent and subject to Pakistani law

2 Any use of Pakistani bases or foreign forces would require parliamentary approval

3 Reopening of Nato supply routes must be contingent upon thorough revision of terms and conditions of the agreement

4 Any verbal agreement that exists should be converted into written immediately, failing which it shall cease to have effect within three months of approval of these recommendations

5 Government of Pakistan should revisit MoUs between Ministry of Defence and United Kingdom dated June 19, 2002

6 New terms and conditions for Acquisition and Cross-Servicing agreement dated: February 09, 2002 between USA and Pakistan may be renegotiated

7 New transit facility/agreement should be immediately suspended in case of violation of Pakistan teritorial integrity by US/Nato/Isaf forces

8 There should be prior permission on number and presence of foreign intelligence operatives in Pakistan

9 Fifty per cent (50%) of US/Nato containers may be handled through Pakistan Railways

10 Pakistan should actively pursue gas pipeline project with Iran. (ANI)

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