First, second, third tier of extremist leadership killed: Gilani

June 23rd, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Islamabad, June 23 (ANI): Amid confusion between the Pakistan Army and Interior Advisor, Rehman Malik over the whereabouts of the Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazalullah, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has claimed that the first, second and third tier of the extremists leadership have been killed.

Talking to reporters at the sidelines of a college inauguration ceremony, Gilani said several terrorist leaders have been killed by the security forces in the Swat offensive.

Gilani, however, failed to comment on the fate of the top militant commanders such as Mullah Fazalullah or Baitullah Mehsud.

“We will soon know whether they are alive or not,” The Nation quoted Gilani, as saying.

Commenting on the country’s nuclear programme, Gilani refuted reports that Pakistan has slowed down its plans of nuclear expansion amidst the rising fears of its nuke arsenal falling into the hands of the terrorists.

“We are using it to meet our needs, and cannot even think of slowing it down,” Gilani said.

He urged the United States to enter a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan, similar to what Washington had inked with New Delhi.

Gilani said the United States should avoid adopting discriminatory behaviour towards Pakistan.

“It is our principled stance that our nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes and overcoming energy needs.We are also looking towards Atomic Energy Commission to fulfil country’s energy needs,” Gilani said.

When asked to comment over the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) information secretary, Fauzia Wahab’s statement that the Prime Minister should not be ’so strong’ and there should be a ‘balance of power’ between him and the President,Gilani said it didn’t matter to him what Wahab had said.

“It is not what Fauzia says matters, it is the decision of the nation. I don’t know what type of powerful Prime Minister PPP Information Secretary Fouzia Wahab wants,” he added. (ANI)

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