Pakistani lawmakers push dialogue with militants

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's parliament is calling for an urgent review of the government's national security strategy and pushing for dialogue with militants as a means of reducing violence.

Lawmakers passed the resolution late Wednesday during a rare private session of both houses of Parliament aimed at forming a national consensus on dealing with domestic militancy.

The resolution says that Pakistan should have an "independent foreign policy," a signal of wariness among many lawmakers about U.S. influence on their nation's approach to battling terrorism.

But it also stresses that Pakistan will not let its soil be used for terrorist attacks elsewhere and says dialogue should be pursued with "elements" willing to follow the "rule of law."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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