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Stop distrusting us, PM tells CENTOM chief.

ISLAMABAD, October 19, 2009 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday again made it clear to the US Command to create atmosphere of confidence Building Measures rather than lambasting Pakistan with baseless and fabricated allegations in war against terrorism. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani expressed these views during his meeting with US Central Command Chief General David Petraeus in the PM's House on Monday. Sources say that Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Shaukat Tarin, Malik Amad Khan, Secretary Foreign Affairs and other high ups were also present during the meeting. Sources say that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani underlined the need for Confidence Building Measures as US must understand ground realities of Pakistan thick and thin as blaming Pakistan will cause more hype. Stop Blaming Pakistan and concentrate on practical steps, PM told US Command. US must realize that Pakistan has shed enough blood in war against terrorism, PM said. He said that our economy has gone downwards in supporting war against terrorism. Undoubtedly PM said that Pakistan is a sovereign and independent state. He briefed US Central Command Chief General David Petraeus on the ongoing SWA operation Rah-e-Nijat adding all the Political Forces are united on it. He stressed that International Community must lend a hand in providing funds for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected areas due to terrorism. Terrorism and Extremism are the root causes and must be defeated, he held. US Central Command Chief General David Petraeus on the occasion said that US respects Pakistan sacrifices in war against terrorism adding it will make sure to end its reservations in this regard. War against terrorism is a war for both the countries adding we will jointly succeed in winning it tooth and nail, US Central Command Chief General David Petraeus pointed. Issues like strengthening defence and others also came under discussion, Sources concluded.

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