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Pakistan's PM on the flotilla raid, insurgents and nukes

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Pakistan's PM on the flotilla raid, insurgents and nukes

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Seeking to strengthen political, security, economic and development cooperation with the EU, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani recently toured Europe.

In Brussels, euronews took the opportunity to ask him about Israel’s commando raid on an aid flotilla that tried to break the blockade of Gaza, the fight against Islamic militant insurgents and nuclear proliferation.

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“Prime Minister, is Pakistan worried about what’s going on in the Middle East, especially after what happened to the boats heading to Gaza?”

Yousuf Raza Gilani

“After this incident there was a wide range of anger and there had been condemnation of the human rights violations taking place in Gaza, therefore those who have been allies with Israel, they had also to distance themselves from them.”

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“And what do you think about Turkey’s role; Turkey was very close to Israel, but Turkey has also traditionally been a model for many in Pakistan in terms of the relation between the country’s religious and secular systems?”

Yousuf Raza Gilani

“Turkey and Pakistan are enjoying excellent relations and Turkey is the one country which had been playing the role of a bridge between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey, as a trilateral cooperation between the three countries. And Turkey had always been playing an extremely important role both in Asia and in Europe. And now, after this incident, I think that Turkey has to think twice about this relation.”

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“There is a considerable threat from the Taliban against, for example Lahore, which is one of Pakistan’s most important cities; are you worried about your country’s stability?”

Yousuf Raza Gilani

“In fact Pakistan has the resolve and the will to fight against extremism and terrorism for our own self, which is not for Afghanistan or it’s a proxy war, because the terrorists are not good for our own country. Therefore when we take on the militants, and take on their strongholds, naturally then the militants are on the run, and they want to enter the big cities and create panic.”

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“Would a NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan be a good or a bad thing for Pakistan?”

4’05 Yousuf Raza Gilani

“I’ve already answered that question. If there is any withdrawal of troops at the moment, without a specific strategy, that would be fatal for the world. It was previously when, following the invasion by the Soviet Union, after that war ended, America left the country without any specific strategy and that vacuum was filled by the militants.”

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“Pakistan has nuclear weapons. What’s your opinion of Iran also having nuclear weapons?”

Yousuf Raza Gilani

“As a nuclear state we are a very responsible state and we have a lot of experience of nuclear for the last 35 years, and our nuclear is in safe hands, and even President Obama has said this. But as far as Iran is concerned I think it should show more responsibility and follow the International Atomic Energy Agency laws and the international laws.

“We want that responsibility should prevail in Iran and they should follow the international laws and very recently there has been a trilateral agreement between Iran, Brazil and Turkey, therefore in future I think that a negotiation, some sort of formula, would work.”