April 12th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Pakistan sets guidelines for U.S. relations

Pakistan's parliament set out new guidelines for its relations with the United States, as it agreed to re-engage with Washington after months of tension over deadly airstrikes on a Pakistani border post by NATO forces and other issues.

A list of recommendations approved by lawmakers includes a call for an immediate end to U.S. drone attacks and no further use of Pakistan as a transportation route for weapons into Afghanistan.Future relations with the United States are to be based on mutual interest, Parliament Speaker Raza Rabbani said, as he read out the list to lawmakers.

In addition, no overt or covert operations will be allowed on Pakistani soil and no private security companies or operatives will be permitted in Pakistan, he said.

Foreign countries will not be allowed to establish bases in Pakistan, Rabbani said.

Read more about the recommendations here.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Central Intelligence Agency • drones • Intelligence • ISAF • Military • Pakistan
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  1. Anjaan

    Pakistan, for decades, has been playing the role of a double agent, and a spoiler of the anglo-americans on one hand, the Chinese on the other. Its role as the Chinese agent is India specific. Its role as the agent of the anglo-americans is region specific.

    This is not going to change in the near term. The Americans will continue to arm Pakistan and pump in tens of billions of dollars, in the name of war on terror and NATO route tax.

    After all, a paid spoiler works fine for the anglo-american strategy for the region, to contain Russia, China, and most importantly India..... !

    April 13, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  2. SayanIndia

    So much for appeasing (by United States) Pakistan through decades!! Chinese leadership is surely celebrating.

    Sayan.

    April 13, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  3. dmf

    Pakistan after several months of blockade has decided to open the vital supply route for NATO forces by roads thru Pakistan in landlocked Afghanistan . The supply route was closed in protest , after an accident which resulted in deaths of 24 Pakistani security forces personnel , in attacks by NATO forces on enemy forces of Taliban , close to a check post near Afghanistan – Pakistan border . " Pakistan’s “terms of engagement” with the United States. " was passed in a nonbinding resolution by Pakistan's rubber stamp parliament . Nevertheless , the expectations would be that the United States would soon offer " some form of increased compensation in exchange for Pakistan’s cooperation with the war effort. " This would not restore for ever the " trust -deficit " , in U. S. – Pakistan relations since May 2nd , 2011 surprise killing of bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan . The Obama administration should not allow their time frame of an exit strategy affected by continuing uncertainty and instability in Afghanistan .This is a window of opportunity for the U. S. and NATO countries to : a ) Expedite negotiations with Taliban in Doha , Qatar . b) Continue to explore the honorable way out of Afghanistan . c) The nation building in Afghanistan will take a long time and will be very expensive . d) Tthe security situation and the civil war will get worst in Afghanistan , before getting any better . The U. S . troops should come home on schedule by 2014 .
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    April 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  4. Bright

    Okay...one it is not funding...its paying for services...two...people who say they should keep bombing and droning other countries should realize how pathetic their brain is...why keep double standards...the terrorist attack of 9/11 was by those who lived in US...so y not start droning suspected sights in US...why do it on other country...kill thousands as collateral...it is like conveniently saying that lives of US citizens are more valuable than citizens of other countries.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  5. nick

    US should keep droning the pakis, that will teach them a lesson. Next prime target is "Haiz Saeed".

    April 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  6. Bravo

    That is a big misconception that US is funding pak, US is paying for the services it is getting for War on terror. So far pak has lost 100 billion and US funding is just around 20 billion, and for last year or US has not paid for those services either. US should not funding anyone rahter they should spend this money inside US on its own citizen and talk with pakistani on equality...

    April 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  7. brown

    Pakistan is not a friend of the U.S.A, It is time to stop coddling and funding this masked foe.

    April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Sunny

      Brown you may be the few who have realized this about Pakistan not being a friend, it never was ,but the rest of USA and even the Govt.has to realize this that Pakistan has always been a trouble creating Country and now it is under China,a Country which is no one.s friend

      April 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply

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