Govt. will have to take 'tough' decisions to pull country out of turmoil: Gilani

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Islamabad, July 11 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the government would have to take some 'tough' decisions to pull the country out of the current turbulent situation.

Talking to media persons on the margins of the stone laying function of the Ministry of Science and Technology building here, Gilani said the government's decision to initiate a military offensive in the Swat Valley was opposed by several quarters, but the operation was necessary for the country's sake.

He said the government had taken all decisions with the consent of its allies and opposition parties, and stressed that the government is committed to democratic norms.

Gilani also criticized former President General Pervez Musharraf for introducing the local government (LG) system during his regime saying the system was against the spirit of provincial autonomy, which the country's constitution also supported.

Commenting on the continued terrorism and suicide attacks in the country, Gilani said the terror strikes were adversely affecting the country's economy, and had dealt a heavy blow to foreign investments.

"Whenever there is a suicide attack, there is flight of capital from the country," The Daily Times quoted Gilani, as saying.

He added that more funds and resources would be allocated for the science and technology sector to improve the socio-economic condition of people in the country. (ANI)

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