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Pakistan does not need foreign troops: FO

ISLAMABAD: Government said that any action on Pakistani territory by foreign forces will be considered as enemy act and will be resisted, added that Pakistan doesn’t need foreign troops.
Briefing newsmen, Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said that there are no American troops in Pakistan. He said that Americans have publicly offered to send troops if needed by Pakistan but we have told them that we don’t need foreign troops.

He said that caretaker Foreign Minister Inam-ul-Haq will attend the OIC foreign ministers’ meeting on February 3, in Jeddah to discuss Gaza crisis. He also informed that caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro will be leading an important trade delegation to Yemen and Saudi Arabia from Friday.

The prime minister, he said, will visit Yemen on February 1-2 and Saudi Arabia on February 3 to promote bilateral trade and boost economic relations. The focus of the visit will be on strengthening economic and commercial cooperation, he said.

During his two day stay in Yemen, the Prime Minister will hold meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Ali Mohamed Mujowwar followed by delegation level talks. His engagements also include meetings with President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Chairman of the Shoora Council Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani. He will address the Yemeni businessmen and meet with the Pakistani community.

Prime Minister will also hold meetings with business executives in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. He will perform Umrah and offer prayers at Masjid-e-Nabavi in Madina Munawwarah. The spokesman said that the visit is aimed at increasing bilateral trade with Yemen and Saudi Arabia and the Prime Minister would be meeting importers from these countries for the purpose.

He said the OIC Ministerial Committee would be meeting in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss the Gaza crisis. Foreign Minister Inamul Haq will represent Pakistan at the moot. The spokesman said that Pakistan supports position of Middle East and Arab League countries on resolution of Palestinian dispute.

He said that Pakistan would think about establishing relations with Israel only after Palestinian issue is resolve in a just manner. Replying a question, he said that there was a chance meeting of the President with the Israeli Defence Minister in Paris. He said Pakistan did not talk about Iran with another country. He said Iran is our brotherly country and Pakistan stands by its principled position on Iranian nuclear issue.

The spokesman said that Pakistan has noted reports about Indian plans for opertionalization of the Baglihar Dam. He said Pakistan expects that the specifications of the dam would conform to those proposed by the neutral expert in its verdict. Pakistan Indus High Commissioner has requested for a meeting to inspect the dam before its operationalisation, he added.

To a question, he said the body of the US embassy official, who died in Islamabad on Monday, was transported to the United States. The spokesman said Pakistan has lodged a protest with the United States over treatment meted out to Abdul Sattar Edhi in New York. He said Mr. Edhi is an important Pakistani and symbol of Pakistan. His passport and green card were taken by the US authorities for want of renewal of the green card, he said. His passport is being returned to him Wednesday while he will have to stay for longer duration in the United States to get his green card renewed.

To a question, he said the Government of Pakistan is committed at the highest level to hold general elections in free, fair and transparent manner. He said names of over 350 foreign observers have already been approved for election monitoring and more are in the process.-SANA

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