Islamabad: Seeking a comprehensive review of
Pakistan`s cooperation with the US in the wake of a deadly
NATO strike, Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani has said troops have
been instructed to respond "with full force" to any further
act of aggression as "there is a limit to our patience."
Gilani made the remarks while briefing a special meeting
of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security that was
convened to discuss the November 26 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 last evening.
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,"
Gilani noted that the Defence Committee of the Cabinet,
the highest decision-making body on security issues, had
already decided that the government would "undertake a
complete review of all programmes, activities and cooperative
arrangements with the US/NATO/ISAF, including diplomatic,
political, military and intelligence" cooperation.
"Given the gravity of the situation, it is imperative to
undertake a holistic review of national security and the
future of our cooperation with the United States and NATO," he
Pakistan had responded angrily to the NATO air strike by
closing all routes used to transport supplies to American and
allied forces in Afghanistan and asking the US to vacate
Shamsi airbase, reportedly used by CIA-operated drones.
The government also decided to boycott the Bonn
Conference on Afghanistan`s future to be held on December 5.
Gilani and Pakistan Army`s Director General of Military
Operations, Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, gave a detailed
briefing to the Parliamentary committee on the NATO attack and
its fallout on Pakistan-US relations.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Hina
Rabbani Khar, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and
Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
Pakistan`s willingness to cooperate with the world
community on counter-terrorism "has not been understood in its
proper perspective", Gilani contended.
"The notion to give Pakistan a `to do` list and the
mantra of `do more` have caused immense resentment," he said.
"In recent months, there has been a tendency to project
Pakistan not as a `partner` but as the `problem`," Gilani