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Prime Minister Gilani addresses in Quetta
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APC issues unanimous declaration, calls for unity
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PM Gilani cautions US against “negative messaging”
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China supports Pakistan’s sovereignty, says vice PM
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President Zardari summons National Assembly session on October 3rd
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With strong words, Pak warns America it could lose an ally

Prime Minister Gilani addresses in Quetta

Choose the path of peace, as this is the only way for the progress of people of Balochistan and Pakistan,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the passing out parade of the recruits of the Pakistan Army belonging to Balochistan.

“The agenda of these terrorists and extremists is certainly against Pakistan,” Gilani said and urged them to shun this path.

The Prime Minister said those who opt not to heed to this advice must understand that they might delay progress and prosperity of the people of Balochsitan, but they cannot deprive the people from the pace of development for long.

The event was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and senior civil and military officials.

Prime Minister earlier reviewed the guard of honor. The young recruits presented him salute and the national anthem was played.

The recruits also exhibited their prowess in anti-terrorist skills and demonstrated ways to neutralize militants.

In his address to the recruits, Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan was passing through a critical juncture and regretted that some people had chosen the path of terrorism, which was bringing a bad name to the country and to the religion Islam.

Prime Minister Gilani paid rich tributes to the country’s armed forces for their sacrifices to rid the country of the scourge of terrorism.

He said the armed forces and the people of Pakistan stand united to eliminate extremism and terrorism and to bring prosperity and development to the country.

The Prime Minister also lauded the Baloch youth for standing shoulder to shoulder with their brethren from the rest of the country to safeguard country’s sovereignty and integrity.

He said the government had planned to provide jobs to 20,000 youth from Balochistan and appreciated General Kayani and Commander of the Southern Command Lt General Javed Zia for ensuring best possible training to bring the youth from the area into the national mainstream.

He said measures were afoot to provide natural gas in areas of Sui, Pir Koh and Looti. He said the federal government would also provide 30 per cent of its shares from its 50 per cent of the Saindak Project to the Balochistan government.

APC issues unanimous declaration, calls for unity

ISLAMABAD: The All-Party Conference (APC) which was convened in Islamabad at the behest of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has issued a unanimous declaration in which all the various parties called for unity in light of the recent increase in pressure on Pakistan by the United States.

Among the issues that the declaration has put forward, include a new foreign policy, better relations with Pakistan’s neighbours and a peaceful resolution to the war in Afghanistan.

The APC rejected all allegations that have been leveled against Pakistan by the United States including alleged links between the ISI and the Haqqani network.

The resolution also gave full support to the armed forces of Pakistan and stated that they are the defenders of the country’s sovereignty.

A committee has now been formed which will review and implement the resolution put forward during the APC meeting

PM Gilani cautions US against “negative messaging”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani complained on Tuesday of negative messages from Washington and informed that any United State raid across the Afghanistan border to target Haqqani group insurgents would be a violation of his country’s independency.

“The negative messaging, logically that is disturbing my people,” Gilani told reporter in an interview. “If there are messages that are not suitable to our friendship, then naturally it is extremely difficult to convince my public.”

China supports Pakistan’s sovereignty, says vice PM

ISLAMABAD: China on Tuesday extended its full support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and vowed to work with Pakistan for progress and peace in the region and the world.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani who met the Deputy Premier of China Meng Jianzhu here at the PM House termed China as its close friend.

Jianzhu said Pakistan was the only country enjoying all-weather friendship with China.

Gilani said “a friend of China is Pakistan’s friend, its enemy Pakistan’s enemy and China’s security Pakistan’s security.”

He said the two countries together can progress and prosper and bring the dividends of development to their people.

The meeting was also attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Foreign secretary Salman Bashir and ambassadors of the two countries.

President Zardari summons National Assembly session on October 3rd

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the National Assembly (NA) session on October 3 here.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has advised the President to summon the session to discuss national security situation, a statement from the PM house said.

The session, being held following a series of allegations by senior US officials will focus on the security situation and the challenges confronting the country.

With strong words, Pak warns America it could lose an ally

Islamabad:  Rattled by the US’ assertion that ISI was using terror groups as a “veritable arm” to wage a proxy war in Afghanistan, Pakistan today asked Washington to stop making such comments or else it may lose an ally.

Claiming that Americans could not effectively fight the ongoing war in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s assistance, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told reporters in Karachi. “They can’t live with us. They can’t live without us.”

Gilani adopted a more circumspect response to the furore caused by US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen’s statement that Haqqani network, a powerful faction of the Taliban, was a “veritable arm” of ISI, after his Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar warned Washington that it could lose an ally if it continued to publicly accuse Islamabad of exporting violence to Afghanistan.

The Pakistani leaders spoke a day after Mullen, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of staff, accused ISI of supporting the Haqqani network in carrying out a string of deadly terror attacks, including an assault on the US embassy in Kabul on September 13.

The US Admiral’s tough words marked the first time a top US military official had linked ISI directly to the terror groups, signalling a significant change in the American approach towards Islamabad.

In hard-hitting remarks from New York, which threatened to plunge the two nations into a fresh collision course, Khar said: “We have conveyed to the US that you will lose an ally. You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan; you cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani people.”

“If they are choosing to do so, it will be at their own cost,” she said.

Gilani sought to play down tensions by saying “So, I will say to them (US) that when they can’t live without us, they should increase contacts to end misunderstandings with us”.

“If the relations with the US are on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest, and if there is such wrong messaging, then it is difficult to convince our people. I would ask America to leave political space for us so that we can convey their importance to the people,” he said.

The Pakistani leaders, however, side stepped making any comments on the testimony made by US military commanders in Congressional hearings.

Khar, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting, told Geo News channel that though militants based in Afghanistan had carried out cross-border attacks on Pakistan, Islamabad had not resorted to a blame game even though US forces are responsible for security on Afghan side.
It is in the interest of both Pakistan and the US to retain their relationship, Khar said. “So, if it is not a relationship of complete equals, them being a superpower and us not, but it is (a relationship) of sovereign equals.”

Both countries need each other and Pakistan wants its relationship with the US to remain intact, she said. But Pakistan’s sovereignty must be respected by the US, she added.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar too rejected the US accusations and said there would not have been an attack on a General in Pakistan’s border areas if there were contacts between the security establishment and Haqqani network.

He was referring to a recent incident in which a Major General commanding troops in the country’s northwest was injured when militants fired at his helicopter.

“At this time, it is difficult for America to move away from Pakistan and we too need them… We have had a relationship with them since the 1940s and do not want to end that,” Mukhtar said.

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