ISLAMABAD - The Parliamentary Committee on National Security could move a privilege motion against the government on its alleged failure in implementing its guidelines on new rules of engagement with the US that were unanimously adopted by the parliament last month.

“It is not mandatory for the government to implement the 14-point recommendations. At the most the Parliamentary Committee could move a privilege motion,” well-placed parliamentary sources told TheNation on Sunday.

The sources said that since the matter was of great public importance and was the decision of the entire parliament, therefore, the Committee if not satisfied with the steps taken by the government could thereafter send a reminder, and could eventually move a privilege motion against the government.

“If the PPP-led ruling alliance is not implementing the verdicts of the Supreme Court, how the parliament with having its majority both the Houses can force it,” a sitting parliamentarian from opposition benches remarked.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said that the unanimous resolution adopted by the parliament had no binding on the government to implement it in its letter and spirit.

However, the sources from treasury benches are still hopeful that the government would implement the resolution saying serious efforts are being made to reset Pakistan’s relations with the United States as well as NATO. They noted that negotiations were underway with the US in the light of the parliamentary guidelines to secure new agreements with the US and NATO including reopening of its ground supplies.

They expected a positive outcome of the participation of President Asif Ali Zardari in the Chicago conference and his meetings on the sidelines of the conference with the senior US functionaries as well as leaders of NATO member countries.

They were of the view that the parliamentary recommendations had provided safety valves to the government to renegotiate new terms of engagement with the US and NATO.    

“We should also bear in mind that Pakistan is negotiating with a super power and its interest as super power may not similar to Pakistan’s interest, therefore, there is a need to understand sensitivity of the matter”, some of them emphasized.

They were of the view that government cannot dictate the world powers but can secure its interest only through negotiations and by finding middle grounds leading to a mutually acceptable solution.

Pakistan closed the NATO ground supplies after its security post in Salala was attacked on 26 November that martyred 24 soldiers, pushing Pakistan’s relations with the US and NATO to a stalemate.