PM urges UK to expedite pledges of assistance to Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 16 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday urged the United Kingdom and other members countries of Friends of Democratic Pakistan to expeditiously deliver their pledges to help Pakistan implement its 3D policy of dialogue, development and deterernce. Talking to Robert Brinkley, the outgoing British High Commissioner at PM House, the Prime Minister said besides the Malakand development strategy, Pakistan with the help of World Bank and Asian Development Bank had undertaken a comprehensive need assessment of the militancy hit areas of NWFP and FATA and would fast track the reconstruction.

On Pak India relations, the Prime Minister said his government wanted to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries so as to fully concentrate on the western front and take the ongoing operations against the terrorists and extremists to their logical conclusion. He urged the United Kingdom and United States for playing their role in this regard and for building the capacity of Pakistan's law enforcement agencies.

The Prime Minister lauded outgoing British High Commissioner's efforts during the tenure of his posting, for strengthening and improving the bilateral relations between the two countries. He wished him every success in his future assignments and hoped that even in his new capacity he would continue to work for bringing Pakistan and the UK ever closer.

The British High Commissioner thanked the Prime Minister for his government's support during the tenure of his duty in Pakistan and assured the Prime Minister that the UK was highly appreciative of Pakistan's great sacrifices in the war against terror. He said The UK would honour its pledges made to support Pakistan in the donors conference and the amount committed for budgetary support of Pakistan will soon be disbursed. The fate and stability of Pakistan and UK were intertwined and hence his country will undertake every measure possible to help Pakistan, he said.