Islamabad: Pakistan`s top civilian and
military leadership on Saturday reviewed preparations for a joint
session of Parliament to be held next week to frame new terms
of engagement for the US and NATO.
The meeting, chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, was attended by heads of
all parties in the Pakistan People`s Party-led coalition.
This was the second such meeting held in the run-up to the
joint sitting of Parliament that will get underway on March
The meeting discussed "security and foreign policy-related
issues and expressed resolve for transparent foreign relations
with the involvement of public representatives", presidential
spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
The meeting was in continuation of an earlier meet held on
March 14 and was briefed by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar
and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on foreign policy and
security-related issues, Babar said.
The partners of the PPP-led coalition noted that relations
with other countries "should be based on mutual respect and
interests" and conducted "in a transparent manner with the
involvement of public representatives", the presidential
The meeting placed on record its appreciation of the
services and sacrifices of the armed forces, paramilitary
forces and police in defending the country and fighting
militancy, he said.
Among those who attended the meeting were senior PML-Q
leaders Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Awami
National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Muttahida Qaumi
Movement leaders Farooq Sattar and Haider Abbas Rizvi, Finance
Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, air force chief Air Chief
Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman and ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja
The heads of various parties congratulated President
Zardari for his unprecedented fifth address to a joint session
of the Senate and National Assembly earlier in the day.
Zardari expressed appreciation for the contributions and
strong support of the PPP`s partners.