Pakistani government, opposition party agree to hold national conference on terrorism

15:11, July 04, 2010      

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The Pakistani government and the leading opposition party in the country have agreed to hold a national conference on terrorism following the Thursday night terrorist attack in Lahore which killed 45 people and injure more than 170 others, reported local media on Sunday.

According to the reports, hours after a proposal put forward Saturday by the party chief Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League- N (PML-N), a leading opposition party in Pakistan, the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani conveyed his acceptance through a telephone call. The proposed conference is likely to take place next week, said the reports.

Local analysts said that this is one of the few cases in which the PPP-led government and PML-N have put aside the blame game against each other and have reached a consensus in such a quick manner.

Addressing a press conference at his residence in Raiwind on Saturday, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said his party is ready to convene a national conference to address the root causes of terrorism and to chalk out a national policy to deal with the threat. He said that if the government called such a conference, PML-N would ensure its active participation in the event.

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