Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pakistani PM wants new rules of engagement with US


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani while addressing a meeting of Afghan and Pakistani parliamentary delegations said his country wanted new rules of engagement with the US with a guarantee to respect its sovereignty and assurance of "no Abbottabad-like unilateral action in future". 

Yousaf R Gilani said in case any credible and actionable information was available, it must be shared with Pakistan for necessary action.

He stressed that the drone attacks must be stopped, which were causing collateral damage and were grossly detrimental to the government's efforts to isolate terrorists from local population. 

PM Gilani said Pakistan cut off NATO supplies, got Shamsi airbase vacated, and boycotted the Bonn Conference in the aftermath of the NATO attack on two border check posts Nov 26, in which 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed. 

He added that Pakistan is a part of the solution and not part of the problem. 

The prime minister said the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of the Afghan peace council, was a severe setback to the peace and reconciliation efforts as he was a great supporter of friendship between the two countries. 

He said Pakistan wanted sovereign, independent, prosperous and stable Afghanistan.

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