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Regional Security Tops Pakistani Prime Minister’s Agenda

After a U.S. air strike killed a possible al-Qaida operative in Pakistan's tribal belt Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani discusses the complexities of securing his country's border with Afghanistan.

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  • MARGARET WARNER:

    The U.S. has launched a number of unilateral strikes on militants in Pakistan in recent months. Just yesterday, a missile fired by an unmanned drone aircraft at a Pakistani border outpost killed six people. They included a man believed to be a top al-Qaida operative, an Egyptian-born chemical weapons expert.

    I spoke to Prime Minister Gilani about all this today at a Washington hotel.

    Welcome.

  • YOUSUF RAZA GILANI:

    Thank you.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    Thanks for being with us. Yesterday, a U.S. missile struck a border outpost in Pakistan and killed six foreign fighters, including one believed to be a top al-Qaida operative. Did your government give permission for that strike?

  • YOUSUF RAZA GILANI:

    No.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    And do you have any understanding with the U.S. government allowing those strikes?

  • YOUSUF RAZA GILANI:

    No. We believe in sovereignty of the country. And naturally, nobody likes it.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    So the U.S. is violating your sovereignty when it launches a strike like that?

  • YOUSUF RAZA GILANI:

    We have discussed with them — I've given our strategy to them. If there is a credible or actionable information, and you give it to us, we'll perform the duty ourselves. And in future, there would be more cooperation on the intelligence side.

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