Democratic, prosperous Pak in South Asias interest, says Gilani

July 29th, 2008 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington , July 29 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that if democracy prevailed in his country, it would surely lead to better relations with India , as has been witnessed in the past.

He said that due to repeated military interventions, democratic institutions could not take firm roots in the country. A democratic and prosperous Pakistan was the need of the hour for a peaceful South Asia, said Gilani who is on his first US visit after assuming charge.

Speaking at a dinner hosted last night in his honour by Pakistan ‘’s ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani at Pakistan Embassy in Washington , Gilani said that it was a proven fact that democracy in Pakistan had invariably led to a better and more peaceful relationship between the two countries. The future of peace in South Asia depends on a democratic and prosperous Pakistan and India working in common purpose to solve common problems, The News quoted him as saying.

He further said that his government was following a multi-pronged strategy to deal with extremism that entailed a combined effort of its political, administrative and military forces. The government would not only fight terrorism on the ground, but would work to eliminate the root causes of terrorism, he added.

The Pakistan PM also said that his government would not negotiate with terrorists and would not let its territory be used as a sanctuary for attacks on its neighbours.

About his country joining the US-led global war on terror, he said that the war against terrorism was not just an American war and Pakistan was fighting it for its own cause. (ANI)

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