Early Solution Of Kashmir Issue To Help Pakistan Focus On War On Terror: Gilani

21 March 2009
Associated Press of Pakistan

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has underscored the importance of early resolution of core issue of Kashmir to enable Pakistan to singularly focus its attention in eradicating the menace of extremism and terrorism. In a meeting with director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US, Leon Pennetta, who called on him at the PM House, matters of mutual interests and whole gambit of Pakistan-US multi-faceted cooperation came under discussion. The Prime Minister briefed the CIA Director on Pakistanís campaign against terrorism and its quest to have peaceful relations with all its neighbours particularly India and Afghanistan. He also told him of cooperation offered by Pakistan to India to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai incident to justice. Leon Pennetta expressed satisfaction on the existing cooperation between Pakistan and USA in various fields. He commended the role of Pakistanís armed forces and institution as the bulwark in the war against terrorism. He assured the Prime Minister that the US administration would expedite the passage of Kerry Lugar and other legislations from the Congress. This, he added, will provide Pakistan with required economic assistance, equipment and training facilities for its law enforcement agencies to help implement three pronged strategy to fight terrorism.