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Pakistani Parliament Approves Proposals On U.S. Ties


Activists of the Jamaat-e Islami Pakistani group shout slogans against the reopening of the route for NATO supplies to Afghanistan during a protest in Lahore on March 23.

Activists of the Jamaat-e Islami Pakistani group shout slogans against the reopening of the route for NATO supplies to Afghanistan during a protest in Lahore on March 23.

Pakistan's parliament has unanimously approved new guidelines for relations with the United States that could lead to the reopening of transport routes into Afghanistan for U.S. and NATO forces.

Pakistan's national security service drafted the recommendations that included an end to drone strikes against militants on Pakistani territory and a ban on transporting weapons and ammunition through Pakistan.

Pakistan's government still has to approve the recommendations but Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told parliament his government was ready to implement the guidelines in "letter and spirit."

Pakistan closed roads into Afghanistan to the U.S. and NATO countries after a November 26 air attack inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The conditions must also be accepted by NATO and U.S. officials before operations can resume.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, "we look forward to discussing these recommendations with the government of Pakistan."

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters
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