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‘US would be blamed if Pak fails in war on terror`

Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 17:31

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar
on Thursday warned that the US would be responsible if Pakistan
failed in the war on terrorism, a remark that comes in the
backdrop of a move by American lawmakers to freeze aid worth
USD 700 million to Islamabad.

The US would be responsible if Pakistan failed in the war
on terrorism or if there were problems; Khar was quoted as
saying by TV news channels here.

She made the remarks while briefing the Parliamentary
Committee on National Security, which met to discuss the issue
of reviewing Pak-US ties.

Khar said Pakistan`s relations with the US were "on hold"
and would move forward if parliament allows it.

She provided details to the parliamentary panel of two
formal agreements with the US regarding NATO supply routes and
defence cooperation.

The entire gamut of political, intelligence and military
cooperation with the US is being reviewed, she told the panel.
The US House of Representatives yesterday passed a
legislation to freeze aid to Pakistan worth USD 700 million
and the Senate is expected to vote on the measure this week.

The bill will freeze the aid pending assurances that
Pakistan has taken steps to thwart militants who use
improvised explosive devices against US-led forces in
Afghanistan.

Following a cross-border NATO air strike that killed 24
Pakistani soldiers last month, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani has said Pakistan intends to frame "new terms of
engagement" for relations with the US and NATO.

Pakistan responded angrily to the attack by closing all
NATO supply routes and forcing the US to vacate Shamsi
airbase, which was reportedly used by CIA-operated drones.

A meeting of Pakistani envoys in key world capitals held
this week drew up recommendations for recasting ties with the
US.

Gilani has asked the Parliamentary Committee on National
Security to also submit recommendations which will be debated
during a joint session of both houses of parliament that will
give shape to future ties with the US.

Raza Rabbani, the head of the Parliamentary Committee on
National Security, told reporters that the Defence Ministry
had signed about nine agreements with the US, NATO and
International Security Assistance Force.

All these agreements were concluded by the previous
military regime and he had sought details of the pacts, he
said.

The parliamentary panel will meet again on December 24 to
review recommendations made by the envoys` conference and then
suggest new terms of engagement that will be taken up at the
joint session of the National Assembly and Senate, he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 17:29

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