Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pakistan Government’s point of view is very clear that we want peace in the region-Sherry Rehman

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Pakistan Government’s point of view is very clear that we want peace in the region- Sherry Rehman- Minister for Information and Broadcasting

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP):Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman hoped here on Monday that political leaders would succeed in evolving a consensus strategy to tackle the situation confronting the country in the wake of Mumbai mayhem. Talking to ARY ONEWORLD she said All Parties Conference being held on Tuesday would reflect country’s democratic and political stability and it is hoped that democratic forces would give a unanimous decision on how to face the situation .

She said a unanimous policy to deal with the situation would prove the supremacy of democracy . Thus far politicians have worked with responsibility.

She said APC would show the true character of the country as a responsible nation.

Lauding the role of media she urged them not to create unnecessary hype.Pakistan’s interests should be kept supreme, she added.

To a question she said the government’s point of view is very clear that we want peace in the region. Some allies and leaders already agree with the government’s viewpoint.

Source:High Commission of Colombo

President meets Pope

President meets Pope

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI when he visited the Vatican this morning (December 1) and appraised the Pope about current developments in Sri Lanka, especially the clearing of the Madhu Shrine from terrorists, restoring it and making it possible for the faithful to worship there.

Pope Benedict expressed a keen interest in the developments in Sri Lanka and the measures taken by the Government to provide humanitarian assistance to those who have been temporarily displaced and restore democratic freedoms. The Pope also expressed concern about the spread of terrorism in the region and the need for a more concerted effort internationally to eliminate terrorism, wherever it may occur.

Later, President Rajapaksa met with the Secretary of State of the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and briefed him about the successes in the military operations in the North and told him how the LTTE is holding civilians as buffers in areas they control. The President also assured him that all possible measures are being taken to ensure the safety of civilians.