US-Pak crisis: Gilani calls back Khar from US

Pakistan PM Gilani described the allegations by US as a propaganda blitz against Pakistan that vitiates the atmosphere.

Islamabad: The US-Pak stand-off over ISI`s links with Haqqani terror network deepened on Sunday after Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned Foreign Minister Hina
Rabbani Khar back from US even as Pakistan Army voiced concern
over American allegations.

Gilani asked Khar, who was representing Pakistan at the UN
General Assembly in New York, to return to the country

Khar was expected to fly back to Islamabad on Tuesday
after addressing the UN General Assembly, officials said.

The premier had decided to hold a meeting of political
parties to "apprise them on the security situation in the wake
of threats emanating from outside the country", said a
statement from Gilani`s office.

Khar had been "summoned to reach Pakistan soon to be
present in the briefing, which will be given by all the
concerned authorities", it said.

The proposed meeting "will send a strong message that the
nation stands united when the defence and security of the
country is at stake", the statement said.

It added, "Political differences in domestic politics do
not come in the way of national and foreign policy issues,
which are above party politics."

The move to call back Khar follows US allegations that ISI
"supported and encouraged" its "veritable arm" Haqqani terror
network to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

The premier had earlier called off his visit to the US and
sent Khar in his place. Though Gilani said he had cancelled
the visit to oversee relief operations in flood-hit areas,
reports said he had decided not to go to the US after
President Barack Obama refused to meet him on the sidelines of
the UN meet.

The Foreign Minister would meet both Gilani and President
Asif Ali Zardari on her return, media reports said.


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