Pakistani PM calls for world's help against terrorism

4th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday called for the world's help in fighting "terrorism and extremism" after the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden near Islamabad.

"Security and the fight against extremism or terrorism is not the job of only one nation," Gilani told reporters in Paris, where he met with French business leaders.

"We need the support of the entire world," he added.

"We are fighting and paying a heavy price to combat terrorism and extremism... fighting not only for Pakistan but for the peace, prosperity and progress of the whole world."

His comments came amid tension between Pakistan and the United States due to scepticism about how bin Laden went uncaught for years, amid US suspicions that he might have spent much of that time hiding in Pakistan.

Referring to western powers, Gilani said: "Instead of giving negative messages on Pakistan, they should send positive messages to Pakistan."

The Pakistani premier said after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy that France had offered to help "enhance the capacity" of Pakistani law enforcement.

"We are in the middle of a war fighting against extremism and terrorism and we have a resolve... but we lack capacity," Gilani said.

Sarkozy "has agreed to enhance the capacity of the Pakistan law enforcement agencies," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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