Gilani says Pak soil should not be used for terrorism

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Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
Islamabad, Jun 6: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today (June 6) indirectly acknowledged that the US had provided a list of five top terrorists it wanted Pakistan to take action against and said Pakistani soil should not be used for terrorism directed against any country.

"As far as the list is concerned, they (the US) have always had concerns about the (militant) leadership and commanders affiliated with al-Qaeda. We also have concerns that Pakistani soil should not be used for terrorism," Gilani told a news conference in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

Gilani was responding to a question on whether US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had handed over a list of wanted terrorist leaders during her recent visit to Pakistan.

"If they spoke of any list, naturally there is intelligence-sharing by the ISI... but they must be related to al-Qaeda," he said.

Reports said the US list featured the names of al-Qaeda mastermind Ilyas Kashmiri, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, commander Siraj Haqqani and Atiya Abdel Rahman, the Libyan operations chief of al Qaeda.

Kashmiri was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan on Friday.

Asked about the reports of Kashmiri''s death, Gilani replied: "As far as the death of Ilyas Kashmiri is concerned, America has confirmed that his death occurred on Friday".

Gilani said it was "illegal" for Pakistani soil to be used for terrorism against a third country. .

PTI

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