US can’t win in Afghanistan sans Pak support: PM
January 15, 2010 1 Comment
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani assured the National Assembly on Thursday that the government would take up the issue of screening at US airports through diplomatic channels for the reversal of the American decision.
Responding to a point of order raised by Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the Prime Minister protested for placing Pakistan in the list of the 14 countries by the United States for screening of their citizens at US airports. He assured that Government would never compromise on country’s self-respect, integrity and sovereignty.
He said continued contact of the Government with the US had made Washington realised the ground realities and now the US was talking about strategic partnership with Pakistan instead of saying ‘do more’. “We have been pursuing United States that Pakistan does not need aid but trade agreements and access of its exports to the global markets,” Premium Gilani said.
He said the US could not win the war in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s cooperation and now it was realising the fact. He said that Pakistan has already condemned the drone attacks, which are counterproductive and hampering Pakistan’s efforts to isolate militants from the tribesmen.
He said that National Command Authority meeting has also stated that Pakistan will not compromise on its nuclear programme and will maintain its minimum deterrence for its safety and security. This meeting, the PM said, also expressed concern over the Indo-US civilian nuclear facility. The same facility should also be extended to Pakistan, he added.
Incumbent government is working to solve problems of the people on priority basis, he said. There is no political victimisation and at present there is no political prisoner in the country, he added.
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