The Australian Braodcasting Corporation has reported that Pakistan’s prime minister Yousuf Gilani has announced plans for a national peace conference to find a way to stop the country’s deadly insurgency.
Read the full story at Pakistani leader calls for peace conference – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
Aljazeera.net also reported on the announcement:
Pakistan’s prime minister has said his government will organise a national conference on ways to combat terrorism.
Yousuf Raza Gilani’s announcement followed a demand by the country’s main opposition leader that the government should negotiate with the Pakistani Taliban in an effort to improve security.
It also came just two days after suicide bombers killed 42 people at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, a province where the opposition controls the government.
Pakistan’s army is finding local Taliban insurgents a more resilient enemy than anticipated and is having to mount new operations in territory it believed it had won a few months ago.
At the same time, the government of prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is responding to public outrage at increasingly frequent Taliban attacks in Pakistan’s urban centres by promising to organize a national conference on ways to combat terrorism.
In an unusual display of political unity, the announcement of the conference was made in agreement with the leader of the opposition, Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League.
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