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Saudi FM, Turkish President
due in Islamabad on Thursday
German Chancellor will arrive on Sunday
ISLAMABAD Oct 24 (NNI):
A number of international leaders are visiting Pakistan from tomorrow to
exchange views with President General Pervez Musharraf on the situation in
Afghanistan and express solidarity with Islamabad at this difficult time.
The first to arrive on Thursday will be the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince
Saud al Faisal. He will hold talks with the Foreign Minister Mr. Abdul
Sattar and call on the President General Pervez Musharraf.
According to official sources the Saudi Foreign Minister is expected to
renew his country's unflinching support to Pakistan at this critical
Earlier, the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in a telephonic
conversation had assured support to Pakistan's policies.
The Turkish President Necdet Sezer will also be arriving in Islamabad on
Thursday afternoon. He will exchange views with the Presiden General
Pervez Musharraf on the prevailing situation following Sept 11 terror
attacks in the United States.
The German Chancellor, Mr. Schroeder will be arriving in Islamabad on
Sunday for similar talks to express solidarity with Pakistan being the
front line state in the world fight against terrorism.
Replying to a question foreign office spokesman said Pakistan appreciates
the gesture by the German Chancellor for a stop over in Pakistan. He said
Pakistan has no specific expectations from the visit of the German
Chancellor. He said the German Foreign Minister has already visited
Pakistan and relationship between the two countries has been fully
normalized. Germany has assured for enhancement in bilateral economic and
trade cooperation and to work within the European Union to help Pakistan.
"The Dutch Prime Minister will also be visiting Pakistan on 27th of this
month to hold talks with the President General Pervez Musharraf," said the
Asked to comment on the reported killing of certain members of Harkat-ul-
Mujahideen in Kabul, the spokesman said Pakistan has no information about
this. He however, said for quite some time Pakistan had been impressing
upon the Afghan government not to allow any Pakistani to be part of their
forces or go inside Afghanistan for so-called training purposes. He said
Pakistan had been very firm on this matter and had also tried to interdict
people crossing into Afghanistan. He said even Pakistan had been
requesting Afghanistan to apprehend and deport Pakistanis who were
indicted by our courts and slipped into Afghanistan. He said Pakistan is
not aware of the number of Pakistanis in Afghanistan.
Asked to comment on a report about firing at a US Helicopter, the
spokesman said he is only aware of a minor incident relating to a disabled
US helicopter being taken to air-craft carrier in the Indian ocean. He
said a couple of shots were reportedly fired.
About the UN Secretary General special envoy Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi's visit,
the spokesman said he would be discussing prospect of a broad -based
government in Afghanistan and the other initiatives in the offing. He
would also visit Iran and other neighboring countries of Afghanistan.
The spokesman denied reports that Pakistan was making any nomination for
the new Afghan leadership. He said it is for Afghans themselves to decide.
He said it is a monumental task to promote the government of national
reconciliation, which is broad- based and can bring peace in the war and
strife torn Afghanistan.
Asked about the consistent pressure on Pakistan by the UNHCR to open its
border for the new Afghan refugees, the spokesman said small camps are
being established close to the border to accommodate the needy Afghans
He said Pakistan wanted the international relief to be provided to Afghans
inside their country. He said Pakistan is trying to facilitate that and
will do everything to ensure that there are enough wheat stocks in
Afghanistan. He praised the role of humanitarian organizations including
the Edhi Trust for extending relief supplies to Afghans. He said Pakistan
would welcome any country taking some burden of Afghan refugees. However,
contrary to this, a number of countries were expelling unauthorized
Afghans and forcing them to take refugee in Pakistan.
The spokesman reiterated that Pakistan’s borders are closed for the
refugees and only sick, injured and elderly people are being allowed,
however, he said because of the mountainous terrain, they trickle into
Pakistan and their number had crossed the sixty thousand mark.
To yet another question he said that Pakistan has deported a number of
wanted people to the United States and some Arab countries. He said
similarly some prominent people involved in corruption cases had been
deported to Pakistan by the United States. –NNI
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