Terrorists cannot be defeated without Pak role

November 12, 2009 by USA Post 

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called upon the US to channel its economic assistance through such government agencies as the Trust Fund established for Malakand, Higher Education Commission, National Commission for Human Development and the Benazir Income Support Programme.

The prime minister said this while talking to a US Congressional delegation headed by Johan Tierney, which called on him at the PM House here Wednesday. He said the US should play a leading role by providing enhanced market access to Pakistani products as well as encouraging investment in Pakistan?s diverse economic sectors at this critical juncture.

He said the US must take Pakistan into confidence on the review of its policy on Afghanistan, hoping that the intended military build-up in Afghanistan would not affect Balochistan and other areas of the country. The prime minister stressed that US and the ISAF forces should fully coordinate and improve the present level of intelligence sharing with Pakistan to boost the ongoing operation against militants.

The prime minister said Pakistan was looking forward towards continued cooperation with the new Karzai government. He also suggested that the US should take steps like release of Dr Afia Siddiqui, extension of Fullbright scholarship programme for Pakistani students beyond 2010 and special allocation of 500 scholarships for the children of martyred and injured in operations against the terrorists.

Congressmen John Tierney expressed his deep appreciation of the commitment of Pakistan government against t*rror*sm by acknowledging the fact that these evil forces cannot be defeated without Pakistan?s proactive role.

He lauded the sacrifices of Pakistan armed forces and law enforcement agencies and condoled with their families as well as with the families of innocent citizens who laid their lives in their country?s pursuit to defeat t*rror*sm.

John Tierney and other Congressmen assured the Prime Minister that they, through the US Congress, would fully support provision of assistance to Pakistan in education, health sectors as well as for capacity building of its armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

They appreciated the proposal for extension of Fullbright scholarship programme and provision of scholarship to the children of the effected families and promised to play a role towards this end.

They apprised the Prime Minister that US House of Representative had already passed ROZ Bill alongwith Kerry Lugar legislation and promised to move in coordination with the US Senate to provide much awaited financial support for creating employment and business opportunities in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

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