Feb 28

Gilani meetings to Kayani, Zardari on national security

After meeting the army chief, PM Gilani held a meeting with President Zardari to discuss political and other matters.ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday met with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and President Asif Ali Zardari separately, to discuss important matters related to national security.

In his meeting with the army chief, Gilani discussed new developments on Afghanistan, the Balochistan issue and operations being carried out against militants in the tribal region, sources told DawnNews.

The prime minister assured the army chief that funds would be released for the development projects in the militancy-affected areas.

The army chief briefed the premier on the security related matters on the Pak-Afghan border.

Extending the tenure of Let-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the chief of Inter Services of Intelligence, also came into discussion, said sources.

The fate of Pasha’s job would be finalised in the next week.

GILANI-ZARDARI MEETING

Following his meeting with Kayani, Gilani made a trip to the Presidency, to brief Zardari on the same issues.

He updated the president on his meeting with the army chief.

The two also deliberated on the recently-concluded by-polls and the forthcoming Senate elections.