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US-Pak ties worsen, Gilani calls all-party meet

Sep 29, 2011 07:21 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will convene an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss the worsening US-Pakistan relations. Under fire, ISI Chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha, is also expected to brief the political leadership.

A rally was staged by schoolchildren in Karachi against the US, who is considered to be the enemy after differences arose between both nations on the relations between the ISI and the Haqqani network.

"We will not keep quiet if someone attacks us. We will respond strongly. We are with the Pakistan army," said a student.

Similar sentiments were visible in Lahore but from the religious groups.

Chief of Sunni Tehreek party Mujahid Rasool said, "If the US turns a malign eye on Pakistan or thinks it can strike and overpower Pakistan, then its thinking is wrong. God willing, we will give a crushing reply which its coming generations will remember."

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who just returned from the UN General Assembly, is expected to strongly rebut US accusations of Pakistan's complicity on terrorism.

"The success against the al Qaeda and its affiliates has been registered in recent years. It is well known that following the Tora Bora bombing and consequent dispersal of the al Qaeda, it was Pakistan's intelligence and security agencies that interdicted a large number of al Qaeda operatives," Khar said.

The spotlight will, however, be on the ISI chief Shuja Pasha as he's expected to brief political leaders on the relevant security issues including the Haqqani network being described by the US as the veritable arm of the ISI.