Pak fully supports extension for Sharma: Gilani

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today supported India`s proposal for an extension in the term of Kamlesh Sharma as Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

In a message from Perth where he is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Gilani backed India`s move for Sharma to be given another four-year term. Gilani said that "Pakistan fully supports the extension in the term of Mr Sharma", an official statement said.

Veteran Indian diplomat Sharma was today re-appointed Secretary General of the 54-nation grouping for a term beginning April 2012. India proposed 70-year-old Sharma`s name for a second term at the concluding session of the CHOGM and Pakistan seconded it. The move follows India`s backing of Pakistan in recent elections for a non-permanent slot in the UN Security Council.