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Pak PM, opposition narrow differences on cooperation .......

[b]Pak PM, opposition narrow differences on cooperation in quake relief[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 25 November (asiantribune.com):[/b] Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and the alliance of opposition parties have narrowed their differences on collaboration in relief work. Both sides are working on the charter for the Parliamentary committee on relief and rehabilitation in the October 8 quake hit areas.

This is a climb down for both sides and it comes at a time the United Nations and its agencies are stepping up pressure on world community to "prevent a tragedy this winter in quake-hit Pakistan and to repay the country for generously hosting millions of Afghan refugees".

The opposition was unhappy with Musharraf regime for making the relief effort an all army affair. Its demand for parliamentary accountability fell on deaf ears. On its part, the regime appears to have learnt lessons from the flak the army is facing for its inability to reach succor to the people and its diplomatic failure to secure liberal international aid.

Jammat-i-Islami's secretary general Syed Munawwar Hassan has said that the control of relief work in quake-affected areas should be handed over to the civilian government and the army should only assist them in the task. "Monitoring of aid activities (by army) in the name of relief should come to an end and this task should be assigned to the civilian government or to a committee comprising members of parliament," he said while on a visit to the worst hit Muzaffarabad.

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