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Pakistani parliament approves new guidelines for country's relations with the US
ISLAMABAD (AP) ' Pakistan's parliament has unanimously approved new guidelines for the country's troubled ties with the United States on Thursday, in what could be an important step in putting relations back on track.
Washington has been eagerly awaiting the results of the parliamentary review, saying it will be key to reopening supply lines to NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Islamabad closed the supply lines in November to protest U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border.
The new guidelines call for an end to U.S. drone strikes, but also stated that the supply lines should be reopened, albeit with a higher fee charged to U.S. and NATO forces.
Parliament approved them late Thursday in a vote.
The government will now formulate policy based on the guidelines.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
ISLAMABAD (AP) ' A Pakistani parliamentary committee drawing up new guidelines for the country's relations with the United States has submitted a revised set of proposals to lawmakers.
Washington has been eagerly awaiting the results of the parliamentary review, saying it will be key to reopening supply lines to NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan that Islamabad closed in November to protest U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border.
Committee chairman Raza Rabbani submitted the revised recommendations on Thursday.
There were no major changes from the initial proposals put forward last month, which opposition parties rejected.
The parliament will now debate the recommendations and vote on them, probably not until Friday or later.