|Nato supply Pakistan sticks to apology deman|
16 June 2012
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has decided to stick to its demand for a US apology over Salala checkpost attack, before taking a decision on reopening of the Nato ground supplies to Afghanistan.
This was agreed Friday at a high-level meeting at the Aiwan-e-Sadr that was co-chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Chief of Army of Staff General Ashfaq Parevz Kiayni, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and ISI Director General Lt Zaheerul Islam also attended the meeting.
The participants agreed that the two issues were interlinked; therefore, Islamabad as per the parliament’s recommendation should insist on the apology demand before deciding the matter of Nato supplies, sources said.
Sources said the meeting pondered over all dimensions of the efforts being made by Pakistan and the United States in resetting the bilateral ties. The foreign minister briefed the participants about the state of diplomatic engagement between the two countries, including the technical level group discussions.
The participants agreed to keep the US engaged while emphasising Pakistan’s desire to have good relations with the international community including the US. President Zardari was hopeful that for an enduring relationship with the United States, all the issues including US drone attacks would be resolved on the principle of mutual respect and mutual interest.
The meeting also discussed the regional security and the foreign minister gave her input on her meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's role in reconciliation process. The meeting also discussed the US-India accord on Afghanistan signed by the two countries.
This meeting was preceded by a one-to-one meeting between the president and the president. Both the leaders discussed host of issues including Pak-US relations, energy crises, law and order and over all political situation in the country.
President Zardari congratulated PM Gilani over the endorsement of 5th successive budget by the democratic government. Zardari said that Pakistan People’s Party-led government is working to resolve issues of the people and fulfilling the promised made during the election campaign.
"We are well aware of the problems being faced by the people due to the power outages", Zardari said as he directed the PM to immediately ensure end to unannounced loadshedding and timely completion of power projects.
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