Pakistan wants ties based on mutual respect: Gilani

December 14th, 2011 - 12:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Pakistan wants peace and friendly relations with other countries based on mutual respect, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told a top Pakistan Army official.

Talking to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shamim Wyne, the prime minister Tuesday said Pakistan wanted friendly ties with other countries based on mutual respect and national interests stemming from the best practices of diplomacy.

General Wyne called on him and discussed the overall security situation in the country in the wake of the Mohmand Agency incident, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

The prime minister said the government had taken a clear stance on the NATO attack that the infringement on the territorial integrity of Pakistan was unacceptable.

The Nov 26 NATO airstrikes on two Pakistan Army check posts in Mohmand Agency close to the Afgahnistan border had left 24 soldiers dead. The attack considerably strained ties between Islamabad and Washington.

The country’s powerful army chief, General Asfhaq Parvez Kayani, has warned that any future aggression will see the country responding “with full force, regardless of the cost and consequences”.

The general said that aggressors would not be able to evade a crushing retaliation in future.

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