Gilani, Zardari discuss security situation

September 28th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Sep 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the current political and security situation in the country amid strained US-Pakistan ties over an accusation that ISI supported the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

The all party conference that is being held Sep 29 in order to evolve a national consensus on the current situation also came up for discussion, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan.

US military commanders have accused the Inter-Services Intelligence of supporting the Haqqani network for carrying out two attacks on the US embassy in Kabul and the US military base in Afghanistan’s Wadak province this month.

The chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen Sep 22 called the Haqqani network a “veritable arm” of ISI, a charge denied by Pakistan.US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta threatened to take unilateral action against the Haqqani network inside Pakistan if the authorities there failed to do so.

Zardari reposed confidence in the ability of democratic leadership to stand united at all times and he expressed hope that the country’s political leadership would be able to reach a consensus on issues of national concern.

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