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.
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.