March 20th, 2012
12:57 AM ET

Pakistan debates future U.S. engagement

A joint session of Pakistan's parliament will meet Tuesday to discuss new terms of engagement with the United States.

The parliament will debate the recommendations of a special commission and will vote whether to accept them or not, said Akram Shaheedi, a spokesman for the Pakistani prime minister.

Amid huge domestic and military pressure after NATO airstrikes on the Pakistani-Afghan border killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani created the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, a group of 18 members of parliament responsible for reviewing relations with the United States.

The committee forwarded its recommendations to the government about a month ago, and these will be debated Tuesday.

"We kept in mind both the angles, domestic demands and the requirement by the international community, while compiling our recommendations," Hiader Abbas Rizvi, a committee member, said. "We were optimistic, progressive, but of course patriotic Pakistanis at the end while we were compiling the recommendations."

Rizvi expects that the recommendations - which won't be made public until Tuesday - will be approved, but not before several days of debate.

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  1. ♔Mmmmm♕

    a large corvus alighted
    at the govenor's door,
    re-caw! re-caw! re-caw!
    announcing the ousting,
    of a republican office,
    for failing to eat crow...

    March 20, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    March 20, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      Said the raven....EVERMORE....Why??? because Pakistan has emerged as the new gateway to Europe and Central Asia. Now guess what??? Which country/s is in the way???? IRAN and AFGHANISTAN!!!!

      Surprised that American troops are there reshaping the geopolitics or sanctions are being placed while neighboring Pakistan's arms are being twisted and a puppet "democratic" (laughter!) has been put in place to make it all look kosher. Yeah sure, the Pakistani parliament is going to define the new relationship with USA. (Humorous) . We ain't dumb, Prez
      Obama. We are watching.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    hey, maybe they'll kick us out like iraq. then we'd have to pull out of afghanistan.. win – win..

    March 20, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      One could hope...

      March 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. I only read headlines

    Cool. Pakistan is going to give us an engagement ring. I'm so excited.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Reasonable1

    Let Pakistan apologize to the whole world for hiding Bin Laden.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      Per CNN, he appeared to be living in a palatial compound ........and should have been known to all i.e Pakistan, USA et al not to mention to those doing the dirty work for US in that region i.e. India/Israel i.e Mossad....RAW. In the intelligence business it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out the realm of possibilites starting with the most unlikely.I bet you that if you peel the onion back enough you will probably find that at some point this person was in India also. The question is so what !!!..... everyone is playing a double game with each other ( example: India double crossing USA in Iran and about to be sanctioned by Americans) but it does not bring back those who lost their lives on 9/11 nor does it even begin to provide any relief from pain their families are going through and will go through the rest of their lives. That is the sad part. We need to focus on these bereaved families and how to provide them with every sort of assistance and relief, if we can at all. The rest is symbolic and politics.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. krm1007

    New generation Pakistanis will never trust US Govt. Take that to the bank. Pakistan has carved a niche for itself and that is the new gateway to Europe and Central Asia and aligned itself geographically with that region. They have left the subcontinent to the likes of India, Burma and Bangladesh.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |