Multan: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called upon Afghan President Hamid Karzai to end misconceptions about Pakistan regarding High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani`s assassination.
Former Afghan president Rabbani, who had been tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war in Afghanistan, was killed on September 20 by a suicide bomber who was supposedly a peace emissary sent by the Taliban leadership.
Karzai reportedly said in an interview that initial investigations into Rabbani’s assassination had implicated known individuals in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
Afghanistan`s intelligence service also said recently that it had given Pakistan ‘strong evidence’ showing that Rabbani`s assassination was planned in Quetta.
Karzai should not suspect Pakistan over the killing of Rabbani, Gilani said at a public meeting in Billiwala.
Pakistan would cooperate with Afghanistan in all matters, including security issues, as “our intentions are beyond doubt in pursuing peace in the region,” the Dawn quoted Gilani, as saying.
He also said that the All Parties’ Conference (APC) had united the nation, forcing the United States to acknowledge that it could not fight terrorism without Pakistan.
“Although we want peace, we will not compromise on any challenge to the sovereignty of Pakistan and dialogue with the US will be held on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” Gilani said.
He also said that Pakistan did not want war with anyone and would continue to play its role for peace, not only in the region, but also in the world.