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Pakistani PM: People to decide NATO supply restoration

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 29, IRNA -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the people will decide whether or not to restore supplies for US-led troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan closed supply line for foreign troops in Afghanistan after the American fighter jets and helicopters raided Pakistani border posts in November and killed 24 soldiers.

Pakistani parliament will soon hold debate on future relationship with the US and NATO and the Prime Minister said that he will accept the parliament decision.

Addressing a news conference upon his return from Davos where he attended the World Economic Forum, Gilani said he had not blocked the NATO supplies on the request of a party, but keeping in view the sentiments of the people.

'The people will decide on what Pakistan's relations should be with the US,' the prime minister said on Sunday.

He said the government had written a new history by adopting an independent course in foreign policy.

'We protected national interests in letter and spirit,' he said, adding that now people and the Parliament would decide about the relations with the United States.

Other political leaders are way behind the government as they wanted to stop NATO's supply lines through musical concerts, he noted.

Gilani said but the government took concrete actions and stopped the NATO supplies, got vacated the Shamsi airbase and refused to participate in the Bonn conference.

Meanwhile, religious leaders in Pakistan warned Sunday that if the government decides to restore NATO's supply route, they will stand against such move.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan told a big public meeting in the city of Multan in Punjab that any resolution submitted in parliament favouring restoration of US NATO supply routes would be a step against Pakistan.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq also told the rally that if “US, Israel, India or Nato forces” attack Pakistan’s border, they will retaliate against them with “full force”.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30787395

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