Gilani for comprehensive review of ties with US

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday called for a comprehensive review of Pakistan`s cooperation with the US following the NATO strike.

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday called for a comprehensive review of Pakistan`s cooperation with the US following the NATO strike saying
troops had been instructed to respond "with full force" to any further act of aggression.

Gilani made the remarks while briefing a special meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security that was convened to discuss Saturday`s NATO air strike on two Pakistani military posts that killed 24 soldiers and its impact on future cooperation with the US and its allies.

"Clearly, there is a limit to our patience. Cooperation cannot be a one-way street," Gilani told the parliamentary panel.

The "dastardly" attack was a "grave infringement of Pakistan`s territorial frontiers" by NATO and would "definitely compel us to revisit our national security
paradigm", he said.

"Instructions have been issued to all units of the Pakistan armed forces to respond, with full force, to any act of aggression and infringement of Pakistan`s territorial
frontiers," he told the panel.

Gilani sought recommendations from the panel for a joint session of Parliament that will be convened shortly to discuss the fallout of the NATO attack.

The premier signalled a possible shift in Pakistan`s policy for the US-led war on terror, which Islamabad has supported since the 9/11 terror attacks.

"Our security and counter-terrorism policy needs to be pursued in a manner that suits Pakistan’s national interests," he said.

PTI

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