ISLAMABAD: The country’s top leadership will meet today (Tuesday) to discuss ending a nearly six-month blockade on NATO supplies into Afghanistan.
The meeting will also include discussions on how to repair relations with the United States.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Monday that it was time to "move on", conceding a key demand from the West in time for Pakistan to attend the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday and Monday.
Islamabad shut its Afghan border to NATO supplies after US air strikes killed 24 soldiers in November, provoking a new crisis in relations on top of the outcry from the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden the previous May.
Pakistan has called in vain for an end to US drone strikes targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants on its soil, and a formal apology for the November killings.
But analysts say Pakistan has no choice but to reopen the border when US cash is needed to help boost its meagre state coffers, at a time when major NATO discussions are underway affecting its own strategic future. (AFP)