Gilani demands repeal of US security measures

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday expressed serious reservations on the new security measures introduced by the US government for screening Pakistani nationals.

Terming these measures as discriminatory, the PM urged the US to revisit this policy.

The US Senate delegation also promised their complete support towards the resolution of Coalition Support Fund reimbursement and economic assistance issues with Pakistan. While talking to the visiting US congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain, the PM also expressed concerns over the delay in the reimbursement of $2 billion in the Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan, saying the delay in receipt of payments is affecting Pakistan’s campaign against terrorism.

He stressed that the disbursement must not be linked with any other issue. He also reiterated his government’s disappointment over the continuing drone attacks.

Appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism, the delegation called for more action against Taliban elements based in North Waziristan and Balochistan. The US senators also promised support in economic assistance issues.

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