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‘No ground operation from Pakistan’: FO

ISLAMABAD Oct 19 (NNI): Pakistan has again made it clear that no ground operations against Afghanistan will be allowed from the territory of Pakistan.
Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan stated this while responding to questions at the daily news briefing in Islamabad Friday.
He said Pakistan's commitment of support to the international coalition is restricted to the three parameters of information sharing, use of airspace and logistical support. He clarified that logistical facilities will be given to meet any contingency situation.
To another question he said Pakistan will consider any proposal brought from Kandahar by the Afghan Ambassador, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef. He, however, pointed out that the Ambassador has not yet contacted Pakistan Government.
The spokesman said the delegation sent by the former Afghan King Zahir Shah is meeting various Afghans for exchange of views on various aspects of the current situation. He told a questioner that Pakistan would continue to emphasize that the operation in Afghanistan must not prolong and should be undertaken in a manner to avoid sufferings for the civilians.
He said Germany has appreciated the position taken by Pakistan as part of the coalition against terrorism.
The German Foreign Minister, Mr. Goschka Fischer, who had detailed discussions with the Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar in Islamabad today on the latest situation in Afghanistan, also expressed solidarity with Pakistan.
The spokesman said the German Foreign Minister also assured that there was now full normalisation of bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Germany. He said the two sides mainly focused their discussions on the prospects of a broad-based Government in Afghanistan.
German Foreign Minister underscored the sensitivity of his country and the European Union for the enormous problem of refugees faced by Pakistan. He reiterated commitment of the EU to help Pakistan meet this challenge of increasing number of refugees.
The spokesman said the German Chancellor, Mr. Gerhard Schrouder will be visiting Pakistan on 28th of this month. He will also visit India and China. The spokesman said visits to Pakistan by foreign dignitaries are reaffirmation of the right decision taken by President Musharraf in the circumstances.
Asked about possibility of meeting between Pakistan President and Indian Prime Minister in New York, the spokesman said no decision has yet been taken for the visit of the President to New York. He said general debate in the UN General Assembly will be taking place from 10th to 16th of next month.—NNI

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