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Monday, October 11, 2010

Nation boldly faced extremism and terrorism, says PM

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said that Pakistan had bravely confronted the challenges of terrorism and extremism, adding that the resiliency of the masses and state institution had been tested.
Addressing a select gathering on the event of a farewell lunch hosted in honor of outgoing US Ambassador Anne W Patterson, he said democracy had taken roots in Pakistan, as was vividly demonstrated by the vibrancy of parliament and the debates in the media. Commenting on the role of the outgoing ambassador in strengthening bilateral relationship between the two countries, the PM said that Pakistan considered her a good friend and an outstanding representative of the US.
The PM said that during her tenure, the country’s friendship with the US had transformed into a comprehensive partnership, adding that Pakistan particularly attaches great value to the contribution that the outgoing ambassador had made in this regard. The PM wished her good luck in her future endeavors. Patterson, while reciprocating the views, said that she was pleased to see the transformation of bilateral relations into a long-term planned partnership, which was beneficial for the two countries.

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