NATO supply issue to be resolved soon: Gilani
PM, British Defence Secy discuss coop in defence sector
Gauhar Zahid MalikLondon—Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the issue of NATO supply would be resolved soon.
British Defence Secretary Phillip Hamond called on PM Gilani and discussed the matter pertaining to Nato supply line and Afghan issue.
The British Defence Secretary said that negotiations on Nato supply is progressing in the right direction but Pakistan would not accept any pre-condition.
PM Gilani also said that political solution to Afghan problem must be found because military operation does not solve any problem.
Pak not invited to NATO summit
Brussels/Washington—US and NATO in a bid to punish Pakistan for blocking NATO supply route have decided against inviting Pakistan to the forthcoming NATO summit in Chicago. According to reports, Pakistan’s chances of attending the forthcoming NATO summit in Chicago, on May 20 and 21, have died down following a deadlock in Pak-US relations.
Both countries have adopted tough positions on their respective demands and a resolution in the immediate future appears highly improbable. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that Pakistan had not been invited to the upcoming Chicago summit.
Kerry warns Pakistan to be more cooperative
Washington—A top American Senator has warned Pakistan that the US would have no other option but to resort to “self-help” if Islamabad does not become more cooperative in the war against terrorism.
Such a warning, ahead of the Chicago summit later this month which is expected to take crucial discussions related to Afghanistan, came from none other than Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and architect of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill that allotted USD 7.5 billion to Pakistan for five years.
Nato supply politicizes economic values
Karachi —NATO supplies issue seems costing Pakistan economy severely due to unfriendly attitude of the West reflected in excessive politicization of the much needed EU package which is feared either to be scrapped or shelved indefinitely.
Besides excessive politicization of the much sought after EU concessions by the textile industry in Pakistan the fear regarding EU package being scrapped stemmed from the US bill also seeking a ban on trade with Pakistan besides a possible 90 per cent cut of aid to Pakistan.