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PM Gilani contacts political leaders over US threats

KARACHI: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday contacted
the political leadership of the country over the telephone to discuss
with them the security situation in the backdrop of the threatening
statements of US officials.
The top political leadership of the
country agreed to call an All Parties Conference to evolve a national
consensus on the issue. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani contacted President and
co-Chairman of the PPP Asif Ali Zardari and informed him about his
contacts with leaders of political parties as part of his efforts to
evolve a consensus among political leaders of all shades of opinion.
Gilani
called chief of Pakistan Muslim League-N Mian Nawaz Sharif, Muttahida
Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, head of the Awami National
Party Asfandyar Wali, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami Munawwar Hassan,
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the
Pakistan Muslim League-Q Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, President Pakistan
Muslim League (LM)) Saleem Saifullah Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-F
leader Pir Pagara, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, PPP-S chief
Aftaf Sherpao, JUI-N chief Anas Noorani, and Sarwat Ejaz Qadri,
parliamentary leader of MNAs from Fata Munir Khan Orakzai and Sheikh
Rasheed Ahmed of Awami Muslim League.
Our Karachi correspondent
adds: Prime Minister Gilani called Altaf Hussain and discussed with him
the situation and stressed the need for national unity. Gilani welcomed
the recent statement of the MQM chief given in the context of the US
allegations against Pakistan.
He said the government wanted to
create a national consensus and was deliberating on calling a meeting of
all the political leadership in order to brief them on the current
situation.
The political leadership would be given an opportunity
to express their opinions on national security in order to formulate a
consensus line of action for meeting the challenges that the country is
faced with.
He informed Altaf about his contacts with various
political leaders of the country. The MQM leader welcomed the efforts of
the prime minister for a national consensus in view of the present
precarious situation.
Altaf Hussain said he had been talking about
the conspiracies to undermine the national security and existence of
the country. He said he had given an unequivocal statement after the
threats by the US, and the nation must be taken into confidence to meet
the existing challenges to its integrity.
Altaf held out firm
assurances to the prime minister and said all the office-bearers and
workers of the MQM would solidly support the government policies and the
plan of action of the armed forces for the sake of national security
and sovereignty.
Online adds: Amir JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman
advised Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to adopt clear-cut opinion
against the US allegations. The prime minister on Sunday made a call to
Fazl to develop a consensus over the US allegations against Pakistani
security institutions.
Later, both the leaders met and discussed
the situation threadbare. Fazl assured the prime minister of his full
support and accepted the invitation to attend the All Parties
Conference. Gilani told Fazlur Rehman that during the APC clear-cut
policy would be formulated to deal with the situation. Fazl said the
government should review its foreign and interior policy that must meet
the interests of the country.

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