ISLAMABAD: The top leadership of the country on Friday discussed overall situation in the country with special reference to the security arrangements during the holy month of Muharram.
Raja Pervez Ashraf and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani
called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency. Overall national
security situation was discussed in the meeting and the three agreed to
accelerate efforts to maintain peace in the country.
president felicitated the prime minister on holding of the Eighth D8
Summit in Islamabad which, he said, would not only promote the image of
the country but would also prove instrumental in further strengthening
the bonds among the member countries and forging close cooperation in
meeting the common challenges confronted by the D8 countries.
president also briefed the prime minister about his bilateral meetings,
held on the sidelines of the summit, with his Nigerian counterpart
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, head of Bangladeshi delegation Adviser to the
Prime Minister on International Affairs Dr Syed Ali Gowher Rizvi,
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Indonesian President Dr
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Egyptian Vice President Mahmud Mekki and
Iranian President Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, besides meeting of leaders of
Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan.
discussed law and order situation with President Zardari. They also
exchanged views on national security issues. Prime Minister Raja Pervez
Ashraf assured the president that security forces would be facilitated
with every kind of resource for betterment of law and order situation
across the country. The premier also urged all the political parties to
cooperate with the federal and provincial governments in their efforts
to maintain peace and order during Muharram.
He said that
anti-state and extremist elements would not be allowed to disturb peace
in the country. "The nefarious designs of the anti-state elements to fan
sectarian divide would never succeed," he said while talking to Dr
Farooq Sattar, MQM Rabita Committee Deputy Convener and Minister for
Overseas Pakistanis. Sattar called on the prime minister at the PM's
House and discussed overall political situation in the country.
premier also met Minister of State for Water and Power Tasneem Ahmed
Qureshi and Minister of State for Professional and Technical Training
Sardar Shah Jahan Yousaf and discussed with them issues related to their
respective constituencies. The prime minister said the government is
committed to public welfare and every effort has been made during the
last four years to provide relief to the people. Both the legislators
apprised the prime minister about the development projects under
execution in their respective constituencies.
Separately, in a
meeting with Raja, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Chaudhry Zaka
Ashraf briefed him on the measures taken by the Board to encourage
cricket in the country. The prime minister appreciated the efforts made
by the PCB chairman for reviving cricket with India and hoped that this
would encourage greater people-to-people contacts between the two