Pak PM says US raids disastrous in intl communitys eyes

November 2nd, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad , Nov 2 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the ongoing US air raids were disastrous in the eyes of the world, and that he would soon take up the matter with the US ambassador Anne Patterson.

Asking the world leaders to dissuade NATO and US forces from such incursions, Gilani said claimed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had also assured him that he would take up the matter with NATO.

The world supported Pakistan s stand that air strikes by American and NATO forces were counter-productive, the Dawn quoted the prime minister as saying while addressing press persons on his return from Turkey .

He said the international community was aware of the challenges that Pakistan had been facing because of being a key US ally in the war on terror.

About the possible world aid to his country in the wake of the ongoing economic crisis, he said: The whole world is thinking of helping Pakistan in the present economic crisis as they have great feelings for Pakistan .

About fears that Islamabad had accepted hard IMF conditionalities to get billions of dollars in loans, the prime minister said that international financial institutions should not place unacceptable conditions while giving loans.

He, however, said that the PPP government would do whatever was in the best interest of the nation. The Friends of Pakistan could not hand over cash in just one sitting as they had their own systems which required fulfilment of some formalities, added Gilani. (ANI)

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