ISLAMABAD - An important meeting of the PPP-led ruling alliance Saturday emphasised that Pakistan’s relations with other countries should be based on mutual respect and interests and made transparent with the involvement of public representatives.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani jointly chaired the meeting held at the Presidency, which discussed critical issues relating to security and foreign policy.

A credible source, who attended the meeting, told TheNation the meeting approved more than three dozen recommendations firmed up by the Parliamentary Committee on the National Security (PNCS), which are likely to be taken up by the joint sitting next week.

Sources said the meeting also decided to leave the matter up to the Parliament whether to give blanket approval of the set of recommendations or to incorporate more suggestions.

According to the sources, the parliamentary review of Pakistan’s new rules of engagement with the United States, Nato and Isaf seeks written agreement to make it more transparent as per the aspirations of the people of Pakistan.

Some important recommendations aim at bringing the allies’ goods passing through Pakistan into the tax net.

Presidential Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said the consultation was in continuation of an earlier meeting held on March 14, adding that the foreign minister and the army chief briefed the meeting on security and foreign policy-related issues.

The meeting also appreciated the services and sacrifices rendered by the armed forces, paramilitary forces and police in defending the country and the fight against militancy.

The spokesperson said the heads of allied parties congratulated the president for his record fifth address to the joint sitting of the Parliament, who on his turn praised the allies for their contributions and strong support.

The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Asfandyar Wali Khan, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Dr Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Munir Khan Orakzai, Farhatullah Babar and Engineer Shaukatullah.

Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Secretary General Salman Faruqui, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman and ISI DG Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, DG ISI were also present on the occasion

Monitoring Desk adds: A joint session of the Parliament for approving new rules of engagement with the US and on resumption of Nato supplies has been called on March 20, a private TV channel reported on Saturday.

The government, on the military leadership’s demand, has also formed a committee to bring the opposition on the same page over recommendations of the PCNS.

The eagerly awaited session of the Parliament particularly by the coalition forces of Pakistan in the ‘war against terror’ will linger over three days.

It is expected that the government will restore the supplies, but after levying transportation charges on vehicles and goods.