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Pakistan supports reconciliatory efforts with Taliban: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan is in favor of peace in Afghanistan and support reconciliatory efforts being made with Taliban, rejecting the impression that Pakistan has arrested the important leaders of Taliban in order to abolish their contacts with Afghan government or United Nations.

He was talking to a delegation of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service headed by its director general Mark Thomson who had called on him here on Monday.

He said that Afghan president Hamid Karzai had come here several days back and had expressed his satisfaction over the steps Pakistan was making to this effect.

To a question about Indian demand for action against Jamat-ud-Dawa, he said that if proofs are available against them then should be presented before the court.

He said that he wanted to have free media completely, adding, there is no journalist and politician in the custody of the government for the first time in the country history.

Later, during his address to the oath taking ceremony of newly office bearers of National Press Club, Gilani said that without free journalism the dream of national prosperity, development and public welfare could not be realized.

He said that media should play its role with responsibility.



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