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Status of Dr. Qadir same, Pak not involved in UK foiled airport attack: FO

02 July, 2007

Status of Dr. Qadir same, Pak not involved in UK foiled airport attack: Tasneem Aslam
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that we are being linked to the recent foiled terrorist attack at Glasgow airport but we have no information in this regard and the status of Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan remains unchanged.

The United Nations (UN) and some other countries have offered Pakistan their support in the rehabilitation and relief work of flood-affected people of the country including Balochistan and Pakistan has also contacted some countries in this respect.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told reporters at the weekly briefing on Monday.

Answering to a question, the Spokesperson said that Pakistan has contacted some countries and departments of United Nations for the help of flood affected people of the country but we have not appealed.

The envoys of some countries and department of UN were briefed about the destruction due to flood and rains. 

Some countries are ready to donate medicines but no decision has still been taken regarding the nature of the donation, she added.

The decision in to this effect, Tasnim Aslam added, would be taken in the high level meeting soon.

Responding to another question, the FO Spokesperson said, “Pakistan has decided to close four Afghan refugee camps in Balochistan and NWFP.  The camps are located along tribal areas, near the border with Afghanistan and some Taliban and insurgents involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan have taken refugee there, she maintained.

“We are pressing Afghanis to return to their country permanently”. “Overall, there has been a pretty good response from the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and International community to the decision regarding the permanently return of Afghanis from Pakistan but there is some logistic problem which are being removed”, FO Spokesperson pointed out.

Commenting on the recent terrorist attempt in different cities of UK, she said, “We strongly condemned such type of act”. The British Government, she added, must ensure security of Pakistanis living in the UK. Tasnim Aslam said, “We do not know who is behind the incidents” “We should not be associated with this”.

She while responding to anther query was of the view that Judges committee with India has been setup for the release of prisoners. We want the meeting should be held as soon as possible.

Expressing her views over Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan, she said, there is no change on Pakistani Stance on the issue. The status of Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan is same. He is free to meet any one, as he is living with his family members.

She contradicted the news that IAEA and America have sought permission from Pakistan for meeting with Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan.

On construction of new dams by India at Chenab River, she said, “we have received information that India wants to construct new dams. According to Indus River Treaty, India is bound to inform Pakistan before six months of the construction but we are still not being informed. India, FO Spokesperson asserted, through authorities concerned has been asked to inform Pakistan about the details in this respect.

Pakistan and India, she said, will start home secretary-level talks (Tuesday) today according to fourth round of comprehensive dialogue. “Matters relating to anti terrorism and narcotics, human smuggling, money laundering and fake currency would be discussed during the talks”. Visa agreement would also come under discussion”, she said.

Expressing her views over Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) Gas pipeline, she said, President General Pervez Musharraf had not been invited regarding the inauguration of the project while discussion in this respect is underway.

She said that Balochistan Liberation Army is a terrorist Organization. British Government has also declared the organization as terrorist. Interpol has issued red warrant for the arrest of their workers, she added.

Responding to last question, FO Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that the cooperation between Pakistan and US is being continued over the protection of atomic assets according to IAEA provision.

Whereas, she said, we are fully aware about the interest of Pakistan and security of nuclear assets, as our stance in this respect is clear.

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