Sovereignty uppermost, Gilani tells Cameron

Published: May 16, 2011
PM assured of Britain’s full support following the Charsadda atrocity. PHOTO: FILE

PM assured of Britain’s full support following the Charsadda atrocity. PHOTO: FILE


Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the twin suicide bombings in Charsadda will not break the resolve of the Pakistan government to fight militancy.

In a telephonic conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday, he said the people who have accepted responsibility for the atrocity in Charsadda have reacted to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Gilani said that Pakistan would ensure its support and cooperation towards eliminating terrorism, keeping the sovereignty of the country uppermost.

“Pakistan is committed to working with the rest of the world to eradicate terrorism. It will also take care of its national interests,” he said.

Cameron informed Gilani that US President Barrack Obama is scheduled to visit Britain next week and Pakistan’s message would be conveyed to him.

The British premier expressed his condolence over the killing of over 90 frontier constabulary personnel who lost their lives in
the suicide attack in Charsadda. Cameron assured Gilani that Britain knew
full well Islamabad was facing political turmoil, which was exacting a heavy toll on its men and material. He assured his country’s full support to Pakistan at this time of crisis.

Meanwhile, Permanent Undersecretary of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Simon Fraser met Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir Sunday afternoon where the situation arising from the Abbottabad operation and the Afghan peace process came under discussion.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Zaheer
    May 16, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Not worth a rhetoric.You have only trampled ‘sovereignty’.You only know the meaning of ‘kursi,paisa’ and not national dignity and so your masterRecommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 16, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Does PM really understand when sovereignty is violated? Should the song of sovereignty be sung after eulogizing the violators for their chivalry & Great Victory? Should Sovereignty Issue not rise after ensuring that your govt. is not threatened? Enough is enough, stop lying, you failed PM……… Soon you will be welcoming US troops on Sargodha!!!!!
    Have you heard of the US plan to deploy US troops on the key nuclear missile sites in Pakistan like the air force’s central Sargodha HQ, home base for nuclear-capable F-16 combat aircraft and at least 80 ballistic missiles? And mind they don’t need your consent at all, it will be done to ensure the security of American citizens!!!!!!!!!! Now leap forward & congratulate them on their grand plan to protect US citizens before it is too late……..Forget Sovereignty………..Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 16, 2011 - 11:16AM

    Puppet show going well..Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    May 16, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Just only verbal statement given by PM Gillani to please and regain the Pakistani nation’s good will and soft corner in the hearts in only hypocritical terms because one you have sold your every thing especially honor,grace,dignity,ego,integrity,sovereignty and self-respect then you have only verbal statements to give only. Recommend

  • Abid Chaila
    May 16, 2011 - 8:58PM

    Now a days, Pakistan is facing difficult and hard situation.In this Situation all the political and non political parties join one plate forum and seriously think about our lovely pakistan.All the muslims of the world play their role for pakistan.pakistan is a peacful country but the non muslims are not like to pakistan is rise a big muslim country on the map of the world.Recommend

  • mahmood
    May 16, 2011 - 9:55PM

    Sovereignty is well and fine – but not when it’s used selectively as Pakistan does. Isn’t your sovereignty violated when terrorist use your territory to attack your neighbors and allies. Isn’t your sovereignty violated when portions of your govt provide support for Al Qaeda. Why is your sovereignty more important than your neighbors/allies ability to defend themselves from attacks originating within your country. Recommend

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