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Gilani links focus on war on terror to Kashmir resolution

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sought an early resolution of the Kashmir issue to enable Pakistan to "singularly focus its attention" on eradicating extremism and terrorism as he met CIA chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad in the wake of the US calls to Islamabad to root out militant safe havens.

world Updated: Mar 22, 2009 14:59 IST

Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani sought an early resolution of the Kashmir issue to enable Pakistan to "singularly focus its attention" on eradicating extremism and terrorism as he met CIA chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad in the wake of the US calls to Islamabad to root out militant safe havens.

During a meeting with Panetta on Saturday evening, Gilani briefed him on Pakistan's campaign against terrorism and its quest for peaceful relations with all its neighbours, particularly India and Afghanistan.

Gilani "underscored the importance of an early resolution of the core issue of Kashmir to enable Pakistan to singularly focus its attention on eradicating the menaces of extremism and terrorism," an official statement said.

The Prime Minister also briefed the CIA Director about the cooperation offered by Pakistan to India to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice.

The two also discussed matters of mutual interest and the multi-faceted cooperation between Pakistan and the US. Panetta expressed satisfaction at "existing cooperation between Pakistan and the US in various fields and commended the role of Pakistan's armed forces and institution as the bulwark in the war against terrorism," the statement said.

The CIA chief, who later met President Asif Ali Zardari and Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik, also assured Gilani that the US would expedite the passage of the Kerry-Lugar bill for economic aid to Pakistan.