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PM warns against possibility of militants crossing over into Pakistani territory.

ISLAMABAD, July 02, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday warned against the possibility of militants crossing over into the Pakistani territory, particularly in Balochistan in the wake of enhanced deployment of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He was talking to Admiral Edouard Guillaud, Military Personal Staff Advisor to French President who called on him at the Prime Ministers House here Thursday. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has proposed that the Governments of Pakistan and France should chalk out a roadmap for pragmatic cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy. He said that a working group could be established to develop an agreed way forward on nuclear cooperation. While highlighting army operation against the militants in Malakand division and FATA areas, the Prime Minister urged countries like France to extend their full support to Pakistan by providing military equipment and assistance to deal with the anti-terrorist action effectively. The Prime Minister also warned against the possibility of militants crossing over into the Pakistani territory, particularly in Balochistan in the wake of enhanced deployment of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister while thanking France for its assistance pledged at Democratic Friends of Pakistan meeting in Tokyo for the dislocated people of NWFP stated that Pakistan was keenly looking forward to the visit of President Sarkozy and signing of two frameworks on defence/security and counter terrorism and on economic and energy fields. Admiral Guillaud commended the Prime Minister and the government of Pakistan for their determination and resolute action to clear out its soil from terrorists and eliminate extremism. He acknowledged sacrifices rendered by the armed forces of Pakistan. Admiral Guillaud assured the Prime Minister that France would provide the military equipment including Tiger Helicopters to Pakistan. He hoped that both sides would also make headway on trade, economic cooperation and civil nuclear energy cooperation during the visit of French Secretary of State for Foreign Trades to Pakistan on July 20, 2009.

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Date:Jul 2, 2009
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