Pak Affairs

Swat deal to be reviewed if peace not ensured: Gilani

LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said Saturday that Nazim?e?Adl regulations are in accordance with the constitution of the country and traditions of people of the area and the government would fully honour Swat agreement if peace was ensured. “However , if agreement is not honoured by the other side and peace remains elusive, we would revisit and review the deal”, said the Prime Minister while talking to reporters after distributing certificates among students completing various courses at Rangers Technical Institute here on Saturday.

He said the Swat deal, signed by the NWFP government, was endorsed by the parliament through a unanimous resolution and the federal government also approved it respecting the mandate of the provincial government.

The objective of the deal was to ensure peace and if it was not achieved “we would reconsider the deal.”

To a question about the country’s nuclear programme he said ,” Pakistan is a nuclear power and the strategic assets are national assets and in safe hands.

Those spreading rumours about the nuclear programme were enemies of the country and media should play its role by ignoring baseless conjectures, he said.

To another question, the Prime Minister said Pakistan wants good friendly relations with all neighbouring countries including India and Afghanistan.

He said terrorism is a curse which has no boundaries. “Some elements are using fair name of Islam for their abominable and inhuman acts of terrorism and thus bringing bad name to our great religion which preaches peace , brotherhood and amity.”

When asked about MQM leaders statements demanding removal of top cops of Sindh, the Prime Minister said,”I have already talked to MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and a committee comprising representatives of PPP, MQM and ANP has been constituted which would go to the grass root level to ensure peace.”

He said, “ I was given briefing by different law enforcement agencies about violence in Karachi. I also talked to political forces and assured MQM that an independent inquiry would be held into the tragic incidents.”

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