Obama being unfair in comparing Pakistan with Afghanistan: Gilani

March 31st, 2009 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Islamabad, March 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said US President Barack Obama was being “unfair” in comparing Pakistan with Afghanistan in the war against terror.
“Comparing Pakistan with Afghanistan would be unfair,” the official APP news agency quoted him as saying when asked to comment on Obama’s new AfPak policy unveiled last week.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics here, Gilani pointed out that Pakistan was a nuclear state with strong institutions and s free judiciary and media.

Thus, it would be unfair to view Pakistan through the same prism as Afghanistan.

Unveiling his AfPak policy, Obama said he would ask the Congress to authorise $1.5 billion non-military aid for Pakistan every year for five years to enable it build up its infrastructure and institutions.

At the same time, he warned there would be no “blank cheque” and that Pakistan would have to live up to its commitment in the war against terror.

Pakistan, according to Gilani, has not been found wanting.

“Our soldiers laid down their lives in the war against terror, more than the NATO forces. We also paid a heavy price in terms of our economy,” he pointed out.

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