Pak Parl to debate review of foreign policy: Khar



Pak Parl to debate review of foreign policy: Khar Islamabad: Pakistan's parliament will soon debate a comprehensive review of the country's foreign policy and re-evaluation of the relationship with the US and NATO, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Wednesday.

Khar informed the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament that last month's NATO air strike on two military border posts, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, had prompted the review.

In the wake of the NATO attack, when Pakistan's sovereignty was under threat, the Prime Minister directed officials to reassess the foreign policy and a conference of Pakistani envoys in key world capitals was convened to deliberate the issue, she said in a written reply to a question.

Khar said the two-day envoys' conference discussed different aspects of the country's foreign policy, with special focus on reassessing the relationship with the United States and NATO.

The conference was aimed at charting out new avenues to address challenges on the international scene, she said.

The envoys' conference reaffirmed that Pakistan's foreign relations continue to based on the principles of respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, she said.

The recommendations made by the envoys will be presented in parliament for further discussion, she added.

The NATO attack triggered an angry reaction in Pakistan and the government closed all NATO supply routes and forced the US to vacate Shamsi airbase in Balochistan province, which was reportedly used by CIA-operated drones.

PTI