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Annan proposes Musharraf’s address to the UNGA

ISLAMABAD, Oct 20: The UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan has asked the President, General Pervez Musharraf to address the General Assembly session. The debate takes place from 10th to 16th of next month.
Briefing newsmen in Islamabad on Saturday, the Foreign Office spokesman, Mr. Riaz Muhammad Khan said the UN Secretary General talked to the President over telephone and suggested that he should visit New York to participate in the general debate.
The UN Secretary-General said there would be considerable interest in the UN and the world community in Pakistan's point of view.

The spokesman said the question of the President's visit to New York is seriously being considered but not yet decided.

Turkish President: The spokesman also confirmed that the Turkish President Akmet Necdet Sezer is to pay a two- day visit to Pakistan from 25th of this month. There will another important visit next week by the Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal for discussions on the latest situation.
Zaeef visits FO:
To a question the spokesman said the Afghan Ambassador, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef had a meeting with senior officials of the Foreign Office today and reiterated the position taken during his yesterday's news conference.
Afghan commander:
He said a veteran Afghan Commander Jalaluddin Haqqani also had meetings with Pakistani officials and a number of Afghans who have been visiting Pakistan these days. He noted that Haqqani is a very well known Commander who operated from Khost area against Soviet forces and did a commendable contribution to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. The spokesman said many Afghans are in Pakistan and they are meeting each other to have consultations on the prospects of a broad-based government.
Asked about sudden intensification of efforts for a political solution, he said these are motivated by desire to bring an end to the military conflict. He pointed out that prolongation of the operation has regrettable consequences like loss of innocent lives.
U.S helicopter crashes:
The spokesman confirmed that a US helicopter has crashed resulting in death of two Americans. This happened in one of the facilities where Pakistan has provided logistical support but these helicopters are not part of any operations to be conducted against Afghanistan. He said crash of the incident did not cause loss of life or property in Pakistan.
Pakistan troops:
To a question the spokesman categorically stated that there is no question of Pakistani forces taking part in any operation against Afghanistan. He again reiterated that Pakistan's territory would not be used for any operation against Afghanistan.
Christina Lamb:
Asked to comment on reports of impersonation by Christina Lamb of the Daily Telegraph London, the spokesman said the matter is under investigation and action will be taken on the basis of the findings.
he spokesman said any kind of deliberate mischievous scheme to malign Pakistan is despicable. He said it should be a matter of deep concern to the journalistic community because these kinds of sinister designs would detract them from the high standards they wish to uphold. He warned that action would taken if any foreigner including journalists was found in a prohibited area.—NNI

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