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Pak wants to focus on its border with Afghanistan: Gilani

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 00:07

Islamabad: In an apparent reference to Pakistan`s strained relations with India, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said his country "desires least distraction" so that it can focus on the war on terrorism along its western border with Afghanistan.
Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with visiting US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus, who called on him at the Prime Minister`s House this evening.

An official statement quoted Gilani as saying that "Pakistan intends to focus on the western borders and desires least distraction so that the purpose of the war against terrorism could be achieved in the minimum possible time".

Pakistan wants to see a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and is prepared to train the Afghan Army and security forces, he said.

The long-term strategic relation between the US and Pakistan needs to be made "more meaningful to further bridge the trust deficit and help develop closer cooperation in all sectors", he added.

The gap between the culmination of anti-militancy operations and reconstruction of insurgency-affected areas "needs to be plugged to develop the people`s confidence in the
process of consolidation", Gilani said.


First Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 00:07
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