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94 percent of Pak lawmakers skipped parliamentary review of ties with US debate

Islamabad, Sat, 14 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 15(ANI): Ninety-four percent of Pakistan's lawmakers skipped the debate on reviewing ties with the US, and only 28 (6 percent) of 445 legislators in the National Assembly and Senate were present in the joint session in parliament.

Only four percent of the National Assembly (MNA) members in the 341-strong Lower House; and only 13 percent of senators in the 104-strong Upper House spoke on the PCNS recommendations for 338 minutes. This constituted 25 percent of the total session time of 22 hours and 22 minutes, The Daily Times reports.

The Pakistan parliament, however, unanimously approved new recommendations on ties with the US.

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.

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. (ANI)

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