Pakistan mulls new rules for US military

Islamabad considering tougher restrictions on US forces as condition for re-opening NATO supply routes.

    The Pakistani government is debating a new policy to re-draw its military rules of engagement with the US that could threaten to further strain diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The moves are in response to NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers late last year at a military post near the Afghan border.

    There were nationwide protests against the incident after which Pakistan government stopped the NATO supply route and forced the US to vacate an air base inside Pakistan, despite a US apology over the issue.

    The US wants NATO supply routes reopened as soon as possible to facilitate a withdrawal from neighbouring Afghanistan.

    Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from Peshawar.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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