Thursday, December 3, 2009

PM Yusuf Gilani snubs UKs Brown on whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden


Rupee News two days asked the poignant question--Why tepid response to Gordon Brown’s claptrap.

Today the Prime Minster of Pakistan asked the right questions and snubbed a surprised Mr. Brown. Mr. Gilani challenged the British Premier about his “conviction” about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. He frankly told Mr. Brown, Osama is not in my country. It is exactly this sort of challenge that is needed to confront Mr. Brown’s claptrap. Bluster before Exit: Obama’s last hurrah—30,000 troops "for 18 months" then withdrawal by 2011

Gilani snubs Brown on Osama presence

Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani has told Gordon Brown he does not think Osama Bin Laden is in his country.

Speaking after talks with the UK prime minister, Mr Gilani said the US had provided no "actionable" intelligence on the al-Qaeda leader's whereabouts.

Mr Brown hailed Pakistan's anti-terror efforts and pledged more support to help stabilise its border regions.

But the UK prime minister did not repeat his weekend call for Pakistan to do more to track down Bin Laden.



LONDON - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the democratic system in Pakistan will keep going in spite of the difficult circumstances. He said reports that the government had granted permission for drone strikes on Balochistan were just a part of disinformation.

Talking to TheNation before leaving Britain for Pakistan on Thursday, the Prime Minister said President Obama’s statement was very encouraging for Pakistan in which he had vowed to promote security and prosperity of Pakistan and to honour its sovereignty.

“Pakistan appreciates Obama’s statement in which he said that the US relations with Pakistan are not limited to partnership in the war against terror. Islamabad is considering the implications of the new US policy. Obama administration has taken us into confidence on this policy,” he said.
He further said his government was collecting more information about the new policy. He said Gen Stanley McChrystal and Admiral Mike Mullen were coming to Pakistan who would formulate a plan with the coordination of our Army and the government so that the new US policy might not cast negative effects on Pakistan.

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    The Prime Minister declared the news regarding attempt on CJ’s life and his own dismissal as baseless.
    He said that the decision of transfer of the National Command Authority to him by the President was an evidence of the President’s trust in him. When asked whether there were any differences between the government and the GHQ, the Prime Minister said such wishes would never come true.
    Earlier, staunchly defending his government’s efforts to crack down on Al-Qaeda militants, Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani said Pakistan does not believe Osama bin Laden is sheltering within its borders.

    He also said he wanted more clarity on new US war strategy in Afghanistan. Gilani said his government could not yet decide how and if it could implement Washington’s new approach.

    “We are studying that new policy. We need more clarity on it,” he said after talks in London with his British counterpart Gordon Brown. “After, when we get more clarity on the situation, then we will see how, if we can implement on that plan,” he told reporters in a joint Press conference with Brown.
    “I personally feel the military action is not the solution for problems. Therefore we must have an exit policy,” Gilani added. “Military action is only 10 per cent. The 90 per cent is that you have to strengthen, you have to complement with the political decisions, the social, cultural input in those areas.” Gilani snubs Brown on Osama presence, By: Asif Mehmood | Published: December 04, 2009

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