Pakistan: Gilani for multi-pronged strategy to combat terrorism


Washington : Pakistan has stressed on a multi-pronged strategy, involving intensifying military operations and taking steps to change the lifestyle of people in its bordering areas with Afghanistan, to curb terrorism.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, who met US President George W Bush here Monday, did not rule out adding more muscle to military operations in the war on terror while Bush said Islamabad must do “more” on this front.

“Gilani also talked about how do you help change the lifestyle of people in the region so that they have a hopeful future rather than one based on terrorism. They have complex issues on the border there, especially when they have refugees — about 3 million refugees from Afghanistan living in the border area. The president (Bush) pledged support for that,” White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said.

Both the leaders talked about counter-terrorism efforts, and especially what can be done to provide training for their military.

“When it comes to counter-terrorism, President Bush feels that all of us need to be doing more. And the prime minister talked about some of the efforts that they’ve been working on, especially in terms of coordination with our military and training that we have provided,” she said.

The US last week announced that it would work towards resolving the F-16 repair and maintenance issue.

“I think they agreed and reaffirmed this is a war that we need to be fighting together. So they talked about it more in broader terms rather than operational details,” she said.

Pakistan’s economic condition and the level of American assistance were also discussed.