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Gilani: No Compromise with US over Pakistan's Sovereignty

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TEHRAN, Feb 22 (ICANA) – Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani reiterated that his country would never compromise its sovereignty and people's sentiments for the sake of the US.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:44:01 PM
Gilani: No Compromise with US over Pakistan's Sovereignty

"We are a responsible government and conscious of the sentiments of our people. Every time difficult circumstances have tested our resolve to stand by the sentiments and the will of the people of Pakistan," Gilani said, giving a policy statement in the National Assembly on Raymond Davis case. He said that for the past few days the nation's attention had been focused on the tragic killing of two Pakistanis, by Raymond Davis - a US citizen - on January 27, and the death of a third person by the US Consulate vehicle in Lahore. "There is a difference of opinion between Pakistan and the United States in the case of Davis on the issue of interpretation and applicability of international and national laws. This is because of ambiguity and inconsistency that is reflected in the available record," he said. He assured the House and the nation that the Government will not compromise on Pakistan's sovereignty and dignity. "We are the inheritors of the political tradition and legacy of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and we will continue to stand by it," he said. The Prime Minister said Pakistan believed in the rule of law and had consistently called for justice and followed the rule of law both on the international and national affairs. "We are mindful of our international obligations under the Vienna Convention and other international legal instruments to which we are the signatory," he said. He said the entire nation had strongly condemned the Lahore incident and demanded justice. He said the Lahore High Court also ordered to place the name of Raymond Davis on Exit Control List. Prime Minister Gilani said expert opinion has been sought by the Government, adding "I wish to categorically assure this august house and the nation, the government's firm resolve to adopt a course that fully accords with dictates of justice and the rule of law."

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