Pakistan’s parliament votes to end drone strikes

Pakistan’s Parliament unanimously demanded Thursday that the United States end its long campaign of drone strikes inside Pakistani territory, a vital component of President Obama’s strategy against al-Qaida and other militant groups.

But lawmakers, acting after weeks of fractious debate, decide to tacitly allow the passage of oil, food and other nonlethal goods to resume across the country’s borders to supply NATO troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan has barred NATO convoys for several months in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two border outposts.

Reflecting public anger over the war in Afghanistan, drone attacks and other elements of U.S. policy, some 440 lawmakers supported the recommendations of a national-security committee that set out to reconfigure what it called Pakistan’s “terms of engagement” with the United States. The two countries entered into a counterterrorism partnership shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Seattle Times

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