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US should respect Pakistan's sovereignty: PM.

Islamabad, December 17, 2011 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has sought assurance from US for not intervening within the geographical boundaries of Pakistan by ensuring the sovereignty of the country in future. He was talking to US Ambassador Cameron Munter, who called on him on Friday. Situation arose after NATO attack, war against terror, stoppage of NATO supplies and revival of Pak US relations came under discussion during the meeting. The Prime Minister said that US should give guarantee to Pakistan that they would not cross the red lines as well as respect the terms and condition laid down by Pakistan for extending cooperation as frontline state in the terror-war. He said that both Pakistan wants to take action against terrorists in collaboration with US but respect of its sovereignty must be made certain at any cost. He said that Pakistan would continue its support to the peace process in Afghanistan. He demanded that the report of NATO attack's probe should be shared with Pakistan. "The protection of national sovereignty is the top most priority of the government and no compromise would be made on it. It was the democratic government of PPP which created consensus among the whole nation on war on terror as wars could not be won without the cooperation of the people", he added. On the occasion US Ambassador Muter said that the improving the ties between both the countries is the need of hour to overcome the terrorism thorough coordinated efforts. He said that USA give high opinion to Pak US relation and respect Pakistan's sovereignty. According to the sources, the US Ambassador assured Gilani that in future such action would be avoided in future due to the autonomy of Pakistan would hurt, however Pakistan should reopen the NATO supplies. The Prime Minister made it clear to diplomat that any decision would be taken after consultation and recommendation of the parliament regarding NATO supplies. Latter, the US Ambassador Munter told the media after a function that to remove misunderstandings between Pakistan and US armies is the biggest challenge. He said that the probe is underway about NATO attack and Pakistan would be informed about its results. He said that the relations of the both the countries were not in line during 2011 but Pak US cooperation is imperative in the future. "Once we defeat terrorism, then the peace in Afghanistan as well as governance and fiscal problems of Pakistan would ultimately be resolved", Cameron Munter added

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 17, 2011
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