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International community should not have double standards: Gilani

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 10, 2009 | Last Updated: 11 years ago
Posted: Jan 10, 2009 | Last Updated: 11 years ago
International community should not have double standards: Gilani

KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday urged the international community not to have “double standards” on the issues of Kashmir and Gaza.

He was addressing foundation stone ceremony of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Accident, Emergency and Trauma Centre to be established in Civil Hospital Karachi. The ceremony was organized here in Sindh Chief Minister House.

“There is a lot of hue and cry on Mumbai attacks but a complete silence on the atrocities in Palestine and Kashmir which shows double standards on part of the world forces,” the Prime Minister complained, stressing need for changing this attitude.

He ruled out holding of mid-term elections, saying the assemblies will complete their five-year term.

“We pray that no other untoward incident takes place India because we fear its blame will also be put on us,” he said adding “it looks as if we are protecting two countries at the same time.”

The Premier clarified that the President and Prime Minister belong to the same party and brushed aside the impression of having any differences between them.

Pakistan is stable and strong and its military forces alert while the government is well poised to face any kind of challenge including terrorism, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani asserted.

He dispelled the impression of failure of Pakistan’s foreign policy and added that it wishes to develop amicable relations with its neighbors.

To a question regarding Mumbai attacks, he said Pakistan has repeatedly expressed its readiness to extend all possible cooperation to India including intelligence sharing. India should refrain from demoralizing Pakistan through building diplomatic pressure and using its media.

On the statement of former president Pervez Musharraf in which he said there was no agreement with the U.S. in connection with drone attacks in tribal areas, the Prime Minister said: “whether or not there was any agreement by the previous regime I can tell you the present government has no understanding with the U.S. in this regard.”

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