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B.K.Bangash/AP/Press Association Images Supporters of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf headed former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan rally outside the Parliament.
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Pakistan's parliament condemns Bin Laden raid, US drone attacks
Pakistan’s parliament has condemned the fatal US raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound and called for an independent inquiry. It has also voted to ban NATO transit convoys until US drone attacks in the country cease.

PAKISTAN’S PARLIAMENT HAS called for an independent review of the US raid that led death of Osama bin Laden at the beginning of this month.

Al Jazeera reports that the parliament rejected initial plans for an investigation into the fatal raid to be carried out by the country’s military, while nevertheless affirming its “full confidence in the defence forces of Pakistan”.

MPs debated the fatal raid at a joint session, during which they also unanimously passed a ban on NATO transit convoys until US drone attacks along Pakistan’s border region ceased.

The session was held after suicide bombers killed 80 people in the north-west of the country on Friday. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and said that the attack was to avenge Bin Laden’s death, the BBC reports.

The resolution has confirmed a growing rift between Pakistan and the United States, despite efforts to play down discord, CNN reports. It stated that Pakistan was “distress(ed) on the campaign to malign Pakistan, launched by certain quarters in other countries without appreciating Pakistan’s determined efforts and immense sacrifices in combating terror”.

The resolution also pointed out that more than 30,000 Pakistani civilians and more than 5,000 military personnel had died during as a result of the country’s campaign against terrorism.