Gilani: Ready To Sort Out Ties With U.S.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 29 (UPI) — The Pakistani military is on the “same page” with the government to repair the ruptured Pakistan-U.S. relationship, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said.

“There are some misunderstandings with the U.S. and we are ready to resolve them,” Gilani said Thursday while inaugurating a photo exhibition in Islamabad, Dawn newspaper reported.

In reply to a reporter’s question about the position of the Pakistani military, seen as the real power in the country, on the government’s resolve, Gilani said: “We are all on the same page,” the report said.

U.S.-Pakistan relations have deteriorated since May 2 when a U.S. Navy SEALs team, without informing the Pakistani military, killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during a raid on his compound in Pakistan’s garrison city of Abbottabad, near Islamabad.

Many U.S. lawmakers have questioned how bin Laden could have lived in the compound for years without the knowledge of either the Pakistani military or the government.

Relations also were affected earlier with the arrest and subsequent release of a U.S. CIA contractor in Lahore for killing of two Pakistanis, which the contractor said was in self-defense.

“Pakistan army understands the cost of peace and is always prepared for any sacrifice for the sake of national as well as international peace and security,” Dawn quoted the Pakistani military’s public relations as saying.

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