'Political unity made US distance from Mullen remarks': PM Gilani

Published: October 1, 2011
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Gilani says that the All Parties Conference proved that the political leadership is united on national issues. PHOTO: AFP

Gilani says that the All Parties Conference proved that the political leadership is united on national issues. PHOTO: AFP

MULTAN: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the national unity shown by the Pakistani political leadership has forced the US government to distance itself from former US Admiral Mike Mullen’s statement, Express 24/7 reported on Saturday.

He made these remarks at a ceremony held at Billi Wala near Multan to lay the foundation stone of the Multan-Khanewal section of the Multan-Faisalabad Motorway.

Gilani said that the All Parties Conference proved that the political leadership is united on national issues.

He said that the political and military leadership made it clear that sovereignty of the country is supreme and there will be no compromise on that.

Gilani said all forces should unite and move forward for prosperity of the country.

Referring to the recent concerns expressed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai on security issues, the Prime Minister said Islamabad will address Kabul’s reservations.

PM Gilani said that if Karzai has any misunderstanding regarding issues related to Pakistan, he should sit with us and talk but “we will not let him interfere in our internal affairs and to talk about the sovereignty our country.”

“We are ready to help him on security and intelligence issues,” Gilani said.

Gilani further said that grievances can be redressed by negotiations and sharing of information.

Multan-Faisalabad Motorway

PM Gilani laid the foundation-stone of 57-kilometer long Multan-Khanewal section of the Multan-Faisalabad Motorway, to be built with an estimated cost of Rs 14 billion.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa and Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah, at the ground-breaking ceremony held here. Minister for Communication Arbab Alamgir was also present.

The mega project is in line with the government’s project of upgrading the communication network across the country to facilitate the people. The Multan-Faisalabad Motorway will be completed in four phases including the Multan-Khanewal (57km), Khanewal-Shorkot (65km), Shorkot-Gojra (61km) and Gojra-Faisalabad (58km).

The five interchanges including Vehari road interchange, LMQ interchange, Tataypur interchange, Bahawalpur interchange and Shujaabad interchange at Multan-Khanewal section will be constructed.

The motorway will connect with the Indus highway (N-55) and will reduce the travel distance between Karachi and Islamabad.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Oct 1, 2011 - 8:22PM

    ‘Political unity made US distance from Mullen remarks’: PM Gilani – Yeah right!

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  • sikandar
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Mr Gilani you should be dreaming (national unity shown by the Pakistani political leadership) first thing is there is no unity only money matters. Then (forced the US government to distance itself from former US Admiral Mike Mullen’s statement) secondly you think the American are so gullible, yes they were but not now.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 1, 2011 - 8:37PM

    Mr PM
    PR with out lights and engines and country 12 hours no electricity and peoples no jobs
    security concern for lives i dont know what you talking about.

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  • Dual
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:17PM

    Mullen took a parting short and his statements helped the US gauge the response of the world…The game has just started Mr. Prime Minister.

    If you really want to do something for the country, please resign or join PTI.Recommend

  • Rational Mind
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:26PM

    You are absolutely right Mr. Prime Minister and we Salute you for taking such a wise decission and bringing all on board……..
    and kudos to all political unity on this critical occassion….united we stand divided we fall……….

    First take care of USA and then taking care of Kabul is not difficult…..Karzai is puppet and every one knows it

    Now take unanimous decission and stop Drone Attacks and show USA door back home they have specific agenda in Pakistan and we need to understand it …….they want to see Indian hegemony in the region and we know it very well…….

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  • Khameed
    Oct 1, 2011 - 9:47PM

    Another useless diversion for the masses, the citizens are suffering, while the PM &Co indulge in frivolous activities…look at our hospitals, our schools, our transport, electricity shortage and the price of fuel not to mention law and order and religious extremism. We just can not blame America for all this.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:29PM

    What a funny country we are from, on one side our railway is dooming and on other side motorways are being constructed.PIA,WAPDA,Railway,Pak Steel etc is being eaten by own its employees and their relatives are constructors and suppliers in the same department and then Quality and Quantity get compromised.

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  • Beginning to understand
    Oct 1, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Kudos PM. At the APC you showed the whole who are your Masters. NOT A SINGLE mention of USA or its killing of 35,000(sic!) citizens and almost daily drone attacks. Even THE GREAT establishment kept quite while its populace are claiming defeat in Afghastan. PM, you have guts. This is made-in-Pakistan.

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  • Oct 1, 2011 - 11:09PM

    This unity among the political parties proved to be good. But the leaders must act upon the things they said, e.g. trade instead of aid. Only then, can Pakistan become strong.

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  • pinky
    Oct 1, 2011 - 11:22PM

    err Mr PM, lets not push our luck ok? even if your exhibition of unity “worked”, your gloating wouldnt help, would it

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  • commentor
    Oct 2, 2011 - 1:34AM

    @pinky:
    Seriously, what do you mean lets not push our luck?
    Whatever it was ,it worked…………………. so there is no question of anything.Recommend

  • Romm
    Oct 2, 2011 - 1:59AM

    this war will start at western borders and sufferers would be our western indian brethren, whereas, more mourning is on southern side of india, which won’t be effected much, god forbids, if tension escalates, and US tries to launch operation in north Waziristan.Recommend

  • S. Yakoshev
    Oct 2, 2011 - 3:17AM

    The Holocaust was never in doubt; it’s the “Holocaust Narrative” that’s the problem. The synthesis of Neo-Con theory and the funds of the Holocaust are merging into one and therein festers the problem.
    Mullen and the US government may have divorced each other [“good-cop bad-cop”] and our PM may just be looking for success for his “democratic” PPP.
    BUT you can never fool all the people all the time!! Believe it was an American dreamer who said that…

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  • Amjad
    Oct 2, 2011 - 4:27AM

    @Nadir: Whether you understand it or not , foreign powers do take note when they see that there is unity in a nation over a particular issue. In this case, the US cannot draw a wedge in Pakistan when all parties and leaders are united that we will not allow the Pakistani nation to be made the scapegoat for Western failures with the Afghanis. The Afghanis have been in league with the Indians for years and have tried to blame all of their problems on Pakistan but it’s never worked since Pakistanis of all ideologies knew that Afghanis are responsible for their own problems. When we are united, everything is possible and I salute Gilani on a job well done. You too should learn to give credit where credit is due.

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  • Xyz
    Oct 2, 2011 - 9:44AM

    US Politicians are getting united for sanctions and non-ground invasion!!!

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  • harkol
    Oct 2, 2011 - 3:44PM

    As if US cares what the combined corrupt, feudal political class of Pakistan says!

    US is backing off after sounding a warning. Just as it has done a few times before, each time to rachet up the heat more. These are meant as wake up calls to Pakistan, in case someone wants to be woken up.

    If they won’t wake up, soon US will select from other options. Those will be to leave Afghanistan to its fate, but ensuring Pakistan will be broken up in to pieces that are easier for US to manage.

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  • Doc Jay
    Nov 5, 2011 - 6:38AM

    The five interchanges ????? including Vehari road interchange, LMQ interchange, Tataypur interchange, Bahawalpur interchange and Shujaabad interchange at Multan-Khanewal section will be constructed.

    Is that true or is it misprint for flyovers.

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