Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tensions between Pakistan and the United States came to the fore last night when Yousuf Raza Gilani, the new Pakistani Prime Minister, met President Bush and warned him not to launch “unilateral” strikes on Pakistani soil.
The meeting came just hours after Pakistani security officials said that a suspected US missile strike on a village in Pakistan’s northern tribal areas might have killed an al-Qaeda chemical and biological weapons expert.
Mr Gilani, who has been under pressure to do more to combat al-Qaeda and Taleban militants in Pakistan, told reporters after his meeting at the White House that Pakistan was committed to fighting extremists.
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“We are committed to fight against those extremists and terrorists who are destroying and making the world not safe,” he said.
“This is our own war; this is a war which is against Pakistan.”
He went further in an interview with CNN a few hours later, when he was asked about the suspected US missile strike earlier in the day.
Mr Gilani said he had told Mr Bush that “unilaterally it should not be done”.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 4:05 am