ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said Pakistan strongly disapproves any incident of violation of its sovereignty. Any violation of internationally agreed principles is counterproductive and unacceptable, he said during a meeting with Director CIA Leon Panetta, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Leon Panetta was accompanied with Ms. Anne W. Patterson, US Ambassador to Pakistan.
Interior Minister Senator A. Rehman Malik, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and DG ISI Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha also attended the meeting. Matters relating to cooperation in the fight against militants and security situation in the region among other related issues were discussed in the meeting.
The President said that the fight against militancy and terrorism remains the highest priority and the Government was determined to pursue its struggle against militancy till its logical end. He said that there was a need to enhance trust, cooperation and coordination at the strategic, policy and operational planes. Capacity enhancement of the Pakistan security apparatus was very crucial, the President observed.
The President said Dr. Aafia’s sentence was being perceived as harsh and disproportionate and has led to protests in Pakistan. Leon Panetta thanked the President for meeting and reiterated his government’s commitment to help people of Pakistan in all possible manners.-SANA