Hafiz Pak internal matter, says Gilani

ISLAMABD - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the judiciary in Pakistan is independent and if the US has evidence against Hafiz Saeed, it should be provided to Pakistan. Responding to a point of order raised by Leader of the Opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan in the National Assembly, Gilani said it was an internal matter of the country and the Foreign Office had already given the government's point of view on it.He said another case was referred to the court in the past and the judiciary acted independently. The Prime Minister added that that he had taken up the issue with the visiting US delegation. He said the government would not take any step against the country's sovereignty. He added that the US should send positive messages when the Parliament was working on re-engagement terms. About President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India, the Prime Minister said that it was a private visit and the President was going to Ajmer Sharif. However, he assured the House the rules of business would be followed in this regard.On the meeting of President Zardari with Indian PM, Gilani said the Parliament would be briefed on the matter. Gilani said Pakistan was already discussing all major issues, including Kashmir, with India."We are discussing all the core issues, including Kashmir, Siachen and water, with India and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a joint press conference had agreed with him to come to the table.He said that the government would not take any step against the dignity and respect of the country.He said that it was a complement for the people of Pakistan that the Indian Prime Minister termed him ‘a man of peace’.The Prime Minister said that he also talked to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PresidentMian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif about the Hafiz Saeed issue and took him into confidence.

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