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'Cornered' Pak to show flexibility on NATO supply line stand, admits Gillani's assistant.

Islamabad, May 23 ( ANI ): An assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani has reportedly said that Islamabad will show flexibility in their stance on the issue of NATO supply resumption.

"We have to show flexibility in our stance, because it is in Pakistan's mutual interest," Chaudry Fawad, special assistant to Gillani, said.

Fawad said that it is time for Pakistan to move on, and reciprocate the goodwill gesture of NATO inviting Pakistan to the summit.

He said this was a sign that the international community realizes Pakistan's importance.

"We want to tell the world that we are not a hurdle in Afghanistan's pull out of NATO forces," The Christian Science Monitor quoted Fawad, as saying.

"And I believe the bigger disputes between both countries have been resolved," he added.

According to the report, after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari concluded his trip to Chicago for the NATO summit, observers said that Islamabad has been put in a more awkward position, and he will now have to convince his own countrymen to soften their demands on the US.

The report said that despite Fawad's claims, the fact that Zardari was unable to secure a formal one-on-one meeting with US President Barack Obama at the summit, sends a clear message to the country's leadership about how unhappy the US is with Pakistan. ( ANI )

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