Abbottabad operation, drone attacks harm US-Pak relations, Nawaz tells Munter

US ambassador meets with PML-N chief, discusses US operation in Abbottabad.


Express May 14, 2011

RAIWIND: US Ambassador Cameron Munter met with Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Mian Nawaz  Sharif at his residence in Raiwind, Lahore on Saturday.

Sources said that both leaders discussed the political situation in the aftermath of the US operation in Abbottabad in which al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was killed. Ambassador Munter underlined the need to have a better relationship between the two countries . He also said that Pakistan and US should continue to make a joint effort on the war on terror .

Nawaz Sharif accepted the need to have good relations between the US and Pakistan, but said that events like the Abbottabad operation and the drone attacks harm relations between both countries.

PML-N leaders  Chaudhry Nisar and Khwaja Asif were also present during the meeting.

According to Express 24/7 correspondent Mohammad Rizwan, the meeting was a move by the US to reach out to various politicians and to take the opposition into confidence over the Abbottabad operation and the subsequent strain on US-Pak relations.

'Nation must be taken into confidence'

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Nawaz Sharif said that the aim of the PML-N was not point scoring, but that the nation has a right to know.

He said the resolution initially presented by the government in the parliament was very weak. The PML-N revised the resolution and requested an independent commission in which the chief justices would be part of the inquiry. He said the government agreed to the commission after much deliberation and said the members of the commission, its modalities and mandate will be defined unanimously.

Sharif said the prime minister and leader of the opposition in the parliament would decide the composition of the commission and it will mention the issues about drone attacks and the halting of Nato supplies.

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COMMENTS (10)

Tariq | 10 years ago | Reply What relations, Pak gets free money while the US gets the shaft
@ibmlove | 10 years ago | Reply US is alwas trying to split us, now on the parliamentary meeting which was very important, NS refused and he doesn't even allow SS to attend it, isn't it a drama? Now US found only one leader against the Army and ISI so they catched him, may be he didn't accept the invitation against any US green signal. I was the onlly one in my are who's house was flying the PML flag in his house while all other my neighbors were criticizing me. I am sorry I was wrong. NS is really at this hard time, splitting the nation.
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