ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that only the enemies of peace process between India and Pakistan and terrorist elements have benefited with the escalation of tensions in the region in the aftermath of Mumbai terrorist attacks. The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with the visiting British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, at the PM’s House on Sunday.
Both leaders reviewed the overall bilateral relations and the regional situation. The Prime Minister apprised his British counterpart of the initiatives taken by his government to defuse the situation and assist the Indian government in investigation of the Mumbai tragedy. While briefing the British Prime Minister on the measures taken by the government of Pakistan to fulfill its international obligations under UNSC resolution, he reiterated that Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil for activities detrimental to any other country.
The Prime Minister expressed his country’s determination to continue playing the pivotal role in combating terrorism and urged the British Prime Minister to help build the capability of Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies (LEA) enabling them to confront this challenge effectively. He said that Drones attacks on Pakistan’s territory by the US forces, in fact ran counter to Pakistan’s efforts to isolate the extremists from the local population as every Drone attack helped strengthen the cause of terrorists.
The Prime Minister emphasized that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan. While recalling his series of meetings with the Afghan President at various fora, the Prime Minister said his government, right from its inception, had taken numerous initiatives to promote bilateral ties between the two countries and is committed to assist Afghanistan for restoration of peace, there.
The British Prime Minister while acknowledging Pakistan’s contributions promised his government’s complete support for adequately equipping its LEAs. He also agreed with the Prime Minister’s views on intrinsic linkage of Pakistan’s role in facing the challenge of terrorism on its economy and assured him of Britain’s continued support to overcome its economic difficulties.
Prime Minister Brown also reaffirmed British commitment to promote the democratic institutions in Pakistan and commended government of Pakistan’s efforts in this regard. -SANA