Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Washington should not have violated his country's sovereignty to carry out the raid in Abbottabad.

"There was no need to (take) a shortcut or to bypass Pakistan," Gilani told reporters accompanying him on an official visit to France.

In view of the long-standing relations with the US, Pakistan's sovereignty should not have been violated, he said amid a diplomatic row between Pakistan and the US over the secret operation that killed al- Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Reacting to America’s Monday operation inside Pakistani territory, Gilani said the issue of violation of sovereignty was a matter of concern for the country, particularly in view of the cooperation with the US in intelligence and defence.

He said ties with the US had seen many ups and downs in the past, including the incident of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who was arrested after he killed two men in Lahore, and the killing of bin Laden.

Ties would take time to normalize

He added that it would take "some time" for bilateral relations to fully repair.

Bin Laden was killed along with his son, two al-Qaeda couriers and a woman during the pre-dawn raid by US forces on a compound located a short distance from the Pakistan Military
Academy in Abbottabad, 120 kms from the federal capital Islamabad.

Gilani said US President Barack Obama had acknowledged Pakistan's contribution in the war on terrorism and ongoing intelligence-sharing between the two countries.

Gilani said his visit to France had provided him an opportunity to present Pakistan's point of view and to inform the French leadership about many things.

"There were many misunderstandings and I hope these have been removed," he said.


(Agencies)