Gi­lani says drone attacks prov­ing counter-pro­duc­tive

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

MUL­TAN: Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani said on Sun­day that drone attacks were prov­ing counter-pro­duc­tive in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

Talk­ing to news­men at the res­i­dence of Makhdoom Syed Has­san Raza, he said that Pak­istan was try­ing to con­vince the coali­tion forces against ter­ror­ism that drone attacks by them were adding to Pak­istan's prob­lems in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

The Prime Min­is­ter said, "We have asked them to pro­vide us with drone technology so we can use it against ter­ror­ists." Gi­lani vis­ited the res­i­dence of Makhdoom Syed Has­san Raza here to of­fer con- do­lences on the demise of his son Haidar Raza Shah, for­mer UC Nazim and mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of NADRA.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that the ter­ror­ists' strongholds had been elim­i­nated and they were now on the run. "That is why they are at­tack­ing

soft tar­gets," he added and ap­pealed to the peo­ple to in­form the govern­ment about black sheep (ter­ror­ists) so that they could be brought to jus­tice. When asked to com­ment on a meet­ing be­tween PML-Q lead­ers and Im­ran Khan, he said politi­cians should have con­tacts with each other and that the Pak­istan Peo­ples Party was also in con­tact with other par­ties. When asked whether the re­cent move of Jamiat-eUlema Is­lam (Fazl) af­fected the strength of par­lia­ment, he said that there was no need to worry about it.

To a ques­tion about in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Sha­heed Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto's as­sas­si­na­tion, he said that the mat­ter was sub-ju­dice. How­ever, he added that the party would be taken into con­fi­dence on the mat­ter in its cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC) meet­ing be­ing held on Sun­day. To a ques­tion about the ar­rest of JWP leader Shahzain Bugti, he said he had sought a re­port from the Balochis­tan Chief Min­is­ter on the mat­ter. The Premier said that peo­ple of Balochis­tan were loyal to the coun­try and had played a piv­otal role in the es­tab­lish­ment of Pak­istan. "We do not want to ar­rest any in­no­cent per­son and there is no po­lit­i­cal pris­oner in the coun­try dur­ing our ten­ure," he added.

"Shahzain Bugti's ar­rest is a pro­vin­cial mat­ter. How­ever, I have sought a brief­ing from the Balochis­tan Chief Min­is­ter on the is­sue and then I will be able to com­ment on it," he said. To a ques­tion about price hike, he said that the govern­ment was try­ing to im­prove the eco­nomic con­di­tion of the coun­try and de­vise a strat­egy to ad­dress the prob­lem. He, how­ever, at­trib­uted price hike to global re­ces­sion, the war against ter­ror­ism and re­cent floods. -App

KARACHI: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Qa­mar Za­man Kaira ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at Press Club. -App

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