Friday, October 2, 2009

Laser-guided munition exhausted, says Gilani

Pakistan has exhausted most of its laser-guided munitions in anti-militant operations in Malakand and Fata regions, according to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Talking to a delegation of the French Senate here on Monday, Gilani called for capacity-building of security agencies and said that there was an urgent need to replace crucial accessories.

The country needed night vision devices, helicopters and drone technology, the prime minister added. The delegation, led by Senator Josselin de Rohan, comprises of members from Senate committees on foreign affairs, defence and armed forces. Other members of the delegation are Senators Jean-Pierre Chevenement and Didier Boulaud.

Expressing satisfaction over defence and economic ties between Pakistan and France, Gilani said that he was he was looking forward to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Pakistan early next year. Senator Josselin de Rohan lauded Pakistan’s role in curbing terrorism and extremism. 'Without Pakistan’s support it will not be possible to succeed in this effort.'

He assured the prime minister of France’s support and said that he would convey to his government Pakistan’s requirements for ammunition and military hardware. France’s ambassador to Pakistan Daniel Jouanneau also attended the meeting. Earlier, the two sides agreed at a meeting between French Senators and Lt-Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, chairman of the Senate’s standing committee on defence and defence production, to mount joint efforts to fight extremists and terrorists.

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