Pak PM says US strikes intolerable, hopes theyll stop in Obama rule

November 21st, 2008 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI  

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Islamabad, Nov 21 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reportedly condemned US airstrikes inside Pakistan as intolerable, and said that he hoped the incursions would stop with the change in command at the White House.

Following the Oppositions criticism of the government over Wednesdays suspected US drone attack in Bannu, Gilani said in his policy statement that his government had no tacit understanding with the US on such strikes.

He said even if former president Pervez Musharraf had reached such an understanding, there were no Foreign Ministry records showing that.

He claimed that unlike the past Pakistan is no longer an isolated nation, as it has the support of the entire world over violations of its sovereignty. A number of Western leaders he had met supported the governments stance that the US should change its policy towards Pakistan, he added.

Once the transition period in the US comes to an end and Barack Obamas government is in place, these attacks will come to an end, the Daily Times quoted him as saying.

Gilani also hoped the issue could be tackled through diplomatic efforts and international lobbying. The national security adviser was in constant touch with his US counterpart, and Pakistani concerns were being conveyed to the Americans, he said and added: You should not doubt that the army would not support the government or its policies the army will take steps with the consent of the administration.

Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) asked the government to take up its concerns over the drone attacks with the United Nations. Opposition Leader in the House Nisar Ali Khan said the US incursions were not coming to an end despite Pakistans stance that there would be no compromise on the countrys territorial integrity and sovereignty. (ANI)

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