ISLAMABAD: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan, met with Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro here on Wednesday and offered his country’s technical expertise in probing the case of PPP slain Chairperson Benazir Bhutto.The Prime Minster appreciated the offer by France in the process of investigation and said Pakistan will take advantage of this offer if required. He said that no effort will be spared to arrest the culprits involved in the assassination of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. Soomro said that this is a tragic incident and is a great shock for the entire nation. He said investigation is in progress to find out the culprits.
The Prime Minister said that government is committed to hold free, fair and peaceful elections and added that Pakistan welcomes the foreign observers to monitor the election process. He said government is trying to ensure maximum participation of voters in the election to achieve high turn out. The recent riots, he said, have disturbed the environment in the country, but government is determined to hold election in a peaceful and orderly manner.
Commenting on the trade volume between Pakistan and France, the Caretaker Premier said that there is great potential to increase it. He stressed the need to further strengthen political and diplomatic relations between the two countries.Regarding development in FATA, Soomro said that social and economic development is essential to improve the quality of life of the people. He said despite having limited resources, the government is striving to improve the living standard of the people there. The entire structure including roads, health education is being improved, he added. He also appreciated the French assistances during earthquake.
The French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said that he came to Pakistan to express solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan. France is fighting against international terrorism and has been enforcing its collaboration to fight terrorism in all its forms, he said. He said it is a global issue and need to be tackled with common efforts.The French Foreign Minister also offered his country’s collaboration in commercial and business ties with Pakistan. He said France has already a number of companies in Pakistan and would continue collaboration in all fields of economy. He said cooperation in defence field will also be strengthened further.-SANA