Pak to decide on reopening NATO supply routes

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is to chair a crucial meeting of ministers and generals to take a final decision on reopening of logistic supply lines to NATO troops in Afghanistan. Besides the ministers, the meeting will be attended by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen Shamim Wyeen, Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Air Force and Naval chiefs.

The meeting has been called days after the parliament unanimously approved a resolution for resetting the country`s strained relations with the US. The parliament opposed supply of arms to NATO troops through Pakistani air space or land route and called for an immediate cessation of American drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

Ahead of the meeting, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held telephonic talks with her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar and "the two agreed to broaden engagements for pursuit of agreed objectives", a Foreign Ministry statement said here today. Khar told Clinton that Pakistan would "welcome a US delegation to continue the dialogue process on new terms of engagement", the statement said.

No dates have been announced for the talks. Official sources say that the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman is likely to visit Pakistan shortly. Local media quoted sources as saying that the meeting will formally announce reopening of NATO supply route.