Pakistan's lawmakers passed a resolution trying to reframe the country's relationship with the US. Whether it gets implemented is another matter.
The demands were made by a parliamentary commission tasked with framing a debate on the country’s future relationship with the US, and reflects deep public resentment at the loss of what most here see as innocent lives.
“The US must review its footprints in Pakistan,” said Raza Rabbani, chairman of the parliamentary committee on national security. “This means the cessation of drone strikes inside Pakistan.”
But the rhetoric, which could be politically helpful for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, is unlikely to be matched by a major shift in foreign policy because that is controlled by the country's security establishment, say opposition lawmakers and analysts.
“Many resolutions have been passed in previous joint sittings of parliament but a question mark remains on their implementation,” said Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, a senior leader in the opposition Pakistan Muslim League–N party, possibly referring to an October 2008 parliamentary resolution that called for an end to drone attacks.