Pakistan to review its foreign policy

Pakistan will review its foreign policy at a conference of envoys following the NATO airstrikes that killed two dozen soldiers.

The conference will be held Dec 12 and 13 to review the situation, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

NATO helicopter gunships had targeted two border posts in Mohmand Agency Nov 26, killing two dozen soldiers and sparking outrage in the country. Islamabad has stopped the passage of NATO supplies through the country to protest the NATO attack.

"The envoy conference will deliberate on different aspects of the foreign policy of Pakistan," said foreign office spokesperson Abdul Basit.

Basit said foreign policy was being reviewed after decisions were taken by the cabinet and its defence committee, especially on the issue of Pakistan's ties with NATO and US in the backdrop of the attacks.

He said Pakistan and NATO had been discussing "political framework" for their future cooperation and so far there has been no progress in this regard.

Basit added that foreign policy as a whole was not being changed, but relations with NATO and US following the NATO attacks were being reviewed.

Pakistan boycotted the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan to protest the airstrikes, but that does not mean that Pakistan is dissociated from the peace process in Afghanistan, he said.

He said Pakistan's future relations with NATO depends on the decision of review of the foreign policy in this regard.

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