ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and DG ISI Lt-Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha held a detailed discussion with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here at Prime Minister House on Tuesday evening on regional security situation, with specific reference to the severed Pak-US relations following Nato attack on Pakistan Army border posts.

Sources aware of the discussion informed TheNation that the meeting was held, ahead of the prime minister’s visit to World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, just to give the impression that the political and military leadership of the country was on same page regarding the policy towards the blockade of the Nato supplies via Pakistan and other regional security related matters.

Sources further informed that it was the consensus view of the political and military leadership that the country’s sovereignty and integrity would never be compromised and the decisions regarding the future course of Pakistan’s relations with United States and other states would be redefined in the light of the recommendations to be made by the joint session of the Parliament in the beginning of the next week.

The joint session of the Parliament would discuss a set of 35 recommendations to redefine the country’s relations with United States, decision on resumption of the Nato supplies via Pakistan on new terms and conditions and the role of Islamabad in the ongoing war on terror in the changed scenario.

The meeting also decided that Pakistan would take on board the neighbouring Afghanistan on the steps being taken to redefine its role in the ongoing war on terror and would seek Kabul’s help in containing cross-border insurgency.

It was in this backdrop that Prime Minister Gilani has asked the Foreign Minister to undertake a visit to Afghanistan. In the meeting, the ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan also came under discussion keeping in view the stability and security of the region.

Sources informed that it was also the consensus view of the participants that government should take a stiff stand on resumption of the Nato supplies and United States should be made realised that they had committed a mistake by launching unprovoked attack on Pak Army border check-posts in Mohmand Agency and US should tender an apology for this breach of the country’s territorial sanctity.

Earlier, the US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter Tuesday called on Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at her office and discussed matters of mutual interest.

According to informed sources, Pak-US bilateral relations, situation in Afghanistan and US report on Nato attack came under discussion during the meeting.

There was no official statement issued either by the Foreign Office or the US Embassy about the meeting. However, US Embassy spokesperson confirming the development said they discussed bilateral relations. 

The sources said that Ms Khar informed the US ambassador that future direction of the bilateral relations between the two countries would be reset after the parliamentary review relating to Pakistan relations with the United States.

The minister, according to the sources, told the US envoy that Parliamentary Committee on National Security had finalised and submitted its recommendations to the prime minister and would soon be put up to the parliament for approval.

The minister made it clear to the US envoy that Pakistan wanted to have relations with United States entirely based on mutual respect and mutual interest.

The sources said that situation in Afghanistan was also discussed at length and Ambassador Munter apprised the minister about the issues discussed between the Afghan government and the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman.

Reiterating the US stance on Pakistan’s critical role in reconciliation process in Afghanistan, Ambassador Munter informed the minister on initiative launched by the US and supported by Afghan government to open Taliban office in Qatar.

“Taliban’s demand seeking shifting of their detained five senior officials by the US to Qatar was also discussed,” the sources said adding, that Ambassador Munter informed the minister that Afghan government had given its nod to this proposal but it had yet to be cleared by the US Congress.

Sources further said that Khar, taking serious view of the US report on Nato attack on a Pakistani border post in November last year, said it was misleading.