Troika says IP gas project in national interest

ISLAMABAD: The civil and military leadership of the country on Thursday agreed that the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project was in the interest of Pakistan and no foreign pressure would be tolerated in this regard.

The troika — President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani — met here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to discuss the overall situation in the country.

According to sources, the troika expressed satisfaction and happiness over the completion of the five-year constitutional tenure by the democratic government. They said the completion of the tenure by the government had strengthened the democratic institutions.

The president and the prime minister paid tributes to the armed forces for their continuous and complete support to the democratic system in the country. The sources said the meeting discussed the law and order situation, especially in the context of the forthcoming general elections. The army chief assured that the Pakistan Army would provide all possible help to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding the general elections in a peaceful atmosphere. He said the army would also extend full cooperation to the civil administration to ensure law and order during the elections.

According to sources, General Kaynai informed the president and premier about his private visit to Saudi Arabia and meetings with the Saudi officials.The prime minister briefed the president about the consultation process with the opposition regarding nomination of the caretaker prime minister. Pervaiz Ashraf said he was confident that a consensus would be reached with the opposition over the caretaker prime minister.

By The News International


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