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Sharif asks PM to convene national conference on war on terror

Opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday met Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and asked him to convene a national conference of all stakeholders to prepare a policy on contentious issues like the war on terror.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Lahore
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2009 11:27 PM IST

Opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday met Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and asked him to convene a national conference of all stakeholders to prepare a policy on contentious issues like the war on terror.

Addressing a news conference at his farmhouse in Lahore, the former premier stressed the need to take all stakeholders on board to cope with the challenges facing the country.

He said he had written a letter to Gilani asking him to convene a national conference on such challenges.

No single political party can deal with the difficult challenges facing the country and all forces would have to join hands to tackle them.

"This is not a time to fight for power or start fighting against democracy. It is time to come forward to confront the issues by working with each other," he said.

Sharif said Gilani had assured him that the suggestion for holding a national conference on the situation in the country would be looked into.

A multi-pronged strategy is needed to redress the issue of terrorism and no one should be allowed to pick up a gun to force others to accept his point of view, he said.

A national policy is a must for ensuring the success of the democratic system, he added.

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