Gilani stresses need to bridge trust deficit with US

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Gilani stressed upon the need to bridge the existing trust deficit between Pakistan and the United States in the interest of long term strategic partnership between the two countries.

Gilani was talking to a US delegation led by Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, at the PM House in Islamabad on Monday.

The US delegation brought up the issue of the alleged Afghan Taliban leadership’s presence in North Waziristan and parts of Balochistan.

The PM refuted these allegations as misperceptions and said that the so-called Quetta Shura did not exist and the Afghan Taliban leaders were not present in Pakistani territory.

He reiterated Pakistan’s desire to fence its border with Afghanistan and asked the US to persuade the Afghan Government to do so.

Senator Carl Levin appreciated Pakistan’s critical and vital role as the frontline state against terrorism and lauded the successes by the Pakistani armed forces in Malakand and South Waziristan.

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