Gilani on Pak-US relations: No business as usual

Islamabad: Taken aback by the killing of 24 soldiers in last week`s NATO air attack, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today said there would be "no more business as usual" in Pak-US relations.

Gilani said Pakistan was re-evaluating its relationship with the US, adding that Islamabad wanted to maintain its relationship with the US as long as there is mutual respect and respect for Pakistani sovereignty, a CNN report quoted him as telling the channel. "Gilani highlighted incidents such as the killing of the Pakistani troops and a US raid into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden as violations of his country`s sovereignty," the report said.

The prime minister said Pakistan had not yet decided whether to boycott next month`s Bonn conference on the future of Afghanistan. Gilani had on Sunday said Pakistan will "revisit its engagement" with NATO and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in view of the cross-border air strike in Mohmand tribal region.

Pakistan angrily responded to the attack by closing all NATO supply routes and asking the US to vacate an airbase reportedly used by CIA-operated drones within 15 days.