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Pakistan PM appeals for unity after Osama's death

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 12 -- Pakistani Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Wednesday appealed to Pak nation to show unity as country has been under tremendous pressure from Western countries after last week death of Osama bin Laden in operation by US forces.

The al-Qaeda chief was killed at a compound at the northwestern city of Abbotabad on May 2, sparking a debate across the world as to how the most wanted man was hiding in a Pakistani garrison town.

“We are at the crossroads today and the situation demands resolve and commitment of the nation to stand by the State institutions and defend our geographical and ideological frontiers,” Prime Minister Gilani told the Senate, Upper House of the parliament.

The US is asking Pakistan to carry out investigation about the network, which was supporting Osama bin Laden.

Opposition parties are also demanding judicial inquiry as to why the Pakistani radar system failed to detect the intrusion of the US military helicopters, which carried out a nearly 40 minute operation on the Pakistani soil.

“Osama was not a Pakistani citizen, rather he was involved in heinous crimes while leading al-Qaeda which is responsible for killing thousands of innocent Pakistanis during the last few years,” Gilani said.

He also said that Pakistan is facing serious threats and the situation demands more coordination between the political forces and all State institutions.

The Prime Minister added, 'It is not time for point scoring but putting heads together to devise a comprehensive and workable strategy to safeguard the country.

“Anybody might have wrong perception of the situation but all are patriots and want to overcome these challenges. We can save our country only with unity and determination”.

He said that the government has decided to convene in-camera session of the parliament on Friday in which the Parliamentarians will be briefed about the situation arising due to Osama’s killing. Gilani said that a meeting of the Defense Coordination Committee will also be convened later this month to review the situation.

“We should not provide opportunity for the others to case an evil on our country,” the Prime Minister said.

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