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CIA Director discusses multi-letaral relations with PM and President

CIA Director Calls on PM and President

ISLAMABAD: Diretor Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); United States Director Leon Pennetta called on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at the PM House on Saturday. During the meeting matters of mutual interests and whole gambit of Pakistan-US multi-faceted cooperation came under discussions.

Prime Minister while briefing the CIA Director on Pakistan’s campaign against terrorism, its quest to have peaceful relations with all its neighbours particularly India and Afghanistan and cooperation offered by Pakistan to India with the view to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai incident to justice, underscored the importance of early resolution of core issue of Kashmir to enable Pakistan to singularly focus its attention in eradicating the menaces of extremism and terrorism.

Leon Pennetta expressed satisfaction on the existing cooperation between Pakistan and USA in various fields and commended the role of Pakistan’s armed forces and institution as the bulwark in the war against terrorism.

He assured the Prime Minister that the US administration would expedite the passage of Kerry Lugar and other legislations from the Congress to provide Pakistan with required economic assistance and equipment and training facilities for its law enforcement agencies to help it implement its three prompt strategies in its campaign against terrorism.

CIA Director Leon Panetta also called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Presidency. The matters pertaining to security situation in the region after last year’s Mumbai attacks came under discussion. Foreign Minister Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Mr. A Rehman Malik and US Ambassador in Islamabad Ms Anne Petterson were also present in the meeting.

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  • For readers of Pakistan Times: US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Diector Leon Panetta who is in Pakistan has refused to assure an end to drone attacks inside Pakistani territory. He refused to end the drone attacks in Pakistan, saying a number of top Al Qaeda leaders had been killed in the assaults.

    Interestingly he assured his support for the enhanced interaction and intelligence sharing with the Pakistani security establishment and assist Pakistan in enhancing its capacity to deal with terrorists.

    We Pakistanis are naive; being exploited never can imagine what is the shape of VICTORY Americans have decided for the “War On Terror”.. we need to demand the final shape.. if it is in shape of total destruction of Pakistan; we all Pakistanis demand Pakistani Government to stop supporting this war… This drone philosophy has never been understood by Pakistanis atleast.. it is being expanded from North Western Province to South Western One.. War On terror has hurt Pakistan and Pakistanis more than anyone else.