Parliament to make policy decisions according to peoples wises: Gilani tells US

March 27th, 2008 - 2:44 pm ICT by admin  

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Islamabad, Mar 27 (ANI): New Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has reportedly told the two visiting US officials that his government will make all key policy decisions through the parliament according to the wishes of the people.

The people of Pakistan had voted for moderate democratic forces, he said, and the government would take all possible measures to come up to their expectations.

During a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, Gilani said the new government was determined to fight terrorism in all its forms “democratically, economically and strategically”, because it concerned Pakistan, reported the Daily Times.

He said that Pakistan had been fighting terrorism consistently, and had sacrificed a lot, including its leader Benazir Bhutto.

The prime minister said economic development in the Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan was key to address extremism in the region, and added that Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) to be set up in the area would help boost economic activities and improve standards of living.

About relations with Afghanistan, he said Pakistan wanted Afghanistan to progress, because a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan and the region.

He said Pakistan held its strategic ties with the US in high priority and desired to enhance the relations. (ANI)

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