No existential threat from Taliban : Gilani

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London , Dec.5 (ANI): Days after President Obama expressed concern about Pakistan based 'terror hot beds', Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has vehemently refuted the notion about any existential threat posed by the Taliban.

In an interview with an Arab television here, Gilani stressed that Pakistan was fighting the war on terror for its own interest, and that Afghanistan's stability was of prime concern for Islamabad as well.

"One thing I tell you, this is our own war and we are fighting it for the interest of our own country," Gilani said.

Earlier, in an interview with the BBC before concluding his four-day visit to the UK and Germany, Gilani strongly rejected the notion about Pakistan carrying out military operation's against banned extremist organisations on behest of foreign countries.

"We are not mercenaries or service providers either, and nobody has to judge our performance," The News quoted Gilani, as saying.

While appreciating President Obama's revamped Afghan policy, Gilani said his government is studying the US plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and also examining its implications on the country.

"We would like to see what precisely would be its impact on Pakistan," he said.

Replying to a question about Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar's presence in Pakistan, Gilani said: "If any credible and actionable information will be passed on to Pakistan, we are ready to act." (ANI)

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