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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.
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
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
The 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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