Pak to link ties with US to n-tech transfer

Pakistan is expected to link its future relationship with the US to the transfer of civil nuclear technology by America to help it overcome a crippling energy shortfall.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: January 6, 2012 12:38 am

Pakistan is expected to link its future relationship with the US to the transfer of civil nuclear technology by America to help it overcome a crippling energy shortfall.

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security,which has been tasked by the Prime Minister to recommend new “terms of engagement” with the US,has “declared that the basis of the new relationship should be conditional on the agreement to transfer civil nuclear technology to Pakistan,” The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

Pakistan has been pressing the US to give it access to civilian nuclear technology ever since Washington concluded a landmark civil nuclear deal with India.

The panel’s chairman,Raza Rabbani,Wednesday said the panel was close to finalising its recommendations for resetting the Pakistan-US relationship. The committee will complete the task of finalising its recommendations after a few more meetings,he added.

Though Rabbani did not give details of the recommendations,The News reported that the committee had declared that Pakistani products should be given greater access to US and European markets.

The committee also sought a complete halt to US drone attacks,steps to ensure respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a guarantee of the non-transgression of Pakistan’s frontiers in future,the daily reported.

The recommendations also sought a complete ban on transporting supplies for NATO in Afghanistan via Pakistan and said the bilateral relationship should be organised at an equal level.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani asked the committee to draft recommendations for new terms of engagement with the US after a NATO air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. Following the attack,Pakistan closed all NATO supply routes and forced the US to vacate Shamsi airbase,which was used by CIA-operated drones.

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