Pak leadership meets Kayani

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Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday held their first meeting with Army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in the wake of a US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

State-run PTV showed footage of Zardari and Gilani meeting the Army chief at the presidency. There was no official word on the discussions at the meeting.

Official sources said the civil and military leadership were expected to discuss the fallout of bin Laden`s killing in the US operation on Monday, especially questions being raised about Pakistan`s failure to detect the al Qaeda chief, and to forge a strategy to cope with the situation.

Gilani returned from an official visit to France this morning while Zardari would travel to Kuwait later in the day.

The civil and military leadership have already said that the US did not inform Pakistan about the raid that killed bin Laden.

They have described the raid as an "unauthorised unilateral action" and the Army has warned that it will respond if any other such operation is mounted by the US or any other country.

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