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Pakistani MPs Urge NATO Supply Cutoff

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TEHRAN, April 20 (ICANA) – A high-level panel of lawmakers in Pakistan has demanded the cutting off of NATO's supply lines for the US-led forces in the neighboring Afghanistan through its borders.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:13:14 PM
Pakistani MPs Urge NATO Supply Cutoff

During an important parliamentary meeting, the Pakistani MPs called for the government to pressure the US to stop the indiscriminate US drone attacks.

The lawmakers also urged the government to take more actions, such as suspending the supply to NATO forces, on these unauthorized strikes on Pakistan's tribal belt, a Press TV correspondent reported.

After the meeting, the committee chairman senator Raza Rabbani told the reporters that, “We have principled stance on drone attacks that they are adding to our difficulties.”

“Government should take steps to stop these attacks and we will extend full support to it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said that the non-UN-sanctioned drone strikes are severely harming Pak-US ties, stressing that these attacks undermine anti-terror efforts.

Zardari made the remarks on Tuesday during a meeting in Islamabad with US Ambassador Cameron Munter.

The Pakistani president said the nation had been paying a heavy price in the war against terrorism both in terms of human and material losses.

Pakistan has repeatedly condemned the attacks for violating the country's sovereignty. Washington, on the other hand, defends the strikes, saying they are necessary for fighting the militants who have holed up.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that Washington should share better intelligence so that Islamabad could take tougher actions against the militants itself.

US drone attacks have killed scores of people so far this year. Last year alone some 1,200 Pakistanis lost their lives in over 100 such strikes, reports say.

The strikes have further fueled the anti-US sentiment already on the rise in the region.

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