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President takes allies into confidence over Nato routes

June 16, 2012


President Asif Ali Zardari chairs a meeting of allies parties at the presidency. – File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday took leaders belonging to ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and allied parties of the government over consultations and decisions with the military leadership regarding resumption of Nato supply routes, DawnNews reported.

The meeting, at the Presidency, was attended by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, federal ministers Farooq H Naek and Syed Khursheed Shah. Babar Ghauri and Haider Abbas Rizvi represented Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) while, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) was represented by its chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Mushahid Hussain Syed.

Haji Adeel and Senator Zahid participated from Awami Nationa Party (ANP) as its chief Asfandyar Wali could not make it because of ill health.

Over all political, constitutional and security situation of the country was discussed at the meeting.

Earlier on Friday, the political and military leadership had also met at the presidency and discussed the issues of regional security and relations with the United States.

President Zardari had called this (Saturday’s) meeting of coalition partners to exchange views with them on proposals to normalise Pakistan-US relations and the issue of reopening of Nato supply lines.

The parties in the ruling coalition had discussed the matter at another meeting held at the presidency on Wednesday also.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), officers of Pakistan Army and Nato had met in an area on the Pakistan-Afghan border on Friday.

Sources said Nato had given assurance to the government that roads from Karachi to Torkham damaged by the movement of Nato trucks would be repaired and rebuilt.

Pakistan closed the supply routes after Nato’s air strikes on the Salala checkpost which killed 24 troops in November last year.