ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday assured National Assembly that Pakistan will consider other options if intrusion into its sovereignty and security is repeated in future.
“I want to assure you and the whole nation through this House that if intrusion into Pakistan’s security is made, we will think of other options,”
said the Prime Minister responding to a point of order raised by members from Balochistan Abdul Qadir Baloch. The Prime Minister said Pakistan can in no way tolerate collateral damages by strikes inside Pakistan and will not allow anyone to interfere into our sovereignty and security. “If you do not explain it, compensate it or apologize it, we may consider other options too,” Gilani categorically warned.
“We are a responsible nation. Like civilized states, we took up the matter in Brussels and they apologized,” he told the House adding he also told Senator John Kerry that Pakistan has intelligence, defense, political and economic cooperation with US.
He said when defense and intelligence cooperation exists there, and “if you have credible and actionable information, you are supposed to share it with our intelligence and defense and it is not rational that you strike inside Pakistan,” he commented.“You had been in army, we are in politics. Like a responsible nation, we have responded to this strike diplomatically and I assure you if intrusion was made into Pakistan’s sovereignty, we will think of other options,” he said.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s cooperation in war against terrorism should not be understood that we shall compromise our integrity and sovereignty. He added:
“This is our war also as we too are victim to terrorism. But, we are also a nuclear power and a responsible nation and reacted responsibly,
Earlier, on a point of order, Abdul Qadir Baloch strongly reacted to shelling on a Pakistani Post killing three soldiers and describing it an act of war demanded of the government to send a unanimous and strong message to NATO forces.
“I understand that the government inherited some compromises from the predecessors. But, it does not mean to allow others to intrude into our territory and kill our jawans,”
he said and also demanded a unanimous resolution from the House condemning the incident.-APP