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Pakistani Lawmakers Set To Debate U.S. Ties

Pakistani lawmakers are expected to debate new terms of engagement with the United States this week.

Ties have been frozen since U.S. air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at the Afghan border in November 2011.

A Pakistani all-party committee tasked with coming up with recommendations for the new policy toward Washington will present its recommendations to a joint session of both houses of parliament on March 20.

Ahead of the session, a committee member told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal under condition of anonymity: "If we are going to do something, then we also expect something in return."

The recommendations reportedly include a request for more money for allowing U.S. and NATO forces to transit supplies to Afghanistan and an apology for the border killings.

With AP and Reuters reports
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    RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.

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