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Davis issue – FO seeks legal opinion, Law Ministry indecisive

Davis issue – FO seeks legal opinion, Law Ministry indecisive

ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs has not replied to the request forwarded by the Foreign Office (FO) around 15 days back, which sought its legal opinion on the issue of the US national Raymond Davis.
A source in the ministry told Pakistan Today on Saturday that the Foreign Office had sent a request seeking legal opinion on the issue involving the murder of two Pakistanis by Raymond Davis. The FO had also provided all the available record of Davis

President, PM tell FO to ensure Pakistanis in Libya are safe

ISLAMABAD – President Zardari and PM Gilani have ordered Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to ensure the safety of Pakistani expatriates in Libya, Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said in a statement on Sunday.
“In implementation of this directive, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a Special Task Force that is working round-the-clock to monitor the situation and provide assistance through our embassies in Tripoli and

World must support our peace efforts: FO

ISLAMABAD – It is “imperative” for the world to support Pakistan’s efforts to reach out to Afghanistan and India to create an environment that will usher peace, stability and development in the South Asian region, the Foreign Office said on Sunday.
In a reaction to US secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent remarks, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said, “Pakistan has reached out to both Afghanistan and India to promote an environment conducive to stability and

Tehmina replaces Basit as FO spokesperson

ISLAMABAD – In the wake of former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s ouster from the federal cabinet, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit has also been replaced.
Tehmina Janjua, a director general in the Foreign Ministry, has been appointed the new spokesperson for the Foreign Office. Basit has been appointed additional secretary for European Affairs.
However, a source in the Foreign Office denied any link between Basit’s replacement and the former FM’s ouster from the


Davis is a diplomat, enjoys immunity: FO

ISLAMABAD – In a dramatic development, the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday sent a letter to the Law Ministry, declaring Raymond Davis a diplomat enjoying immunity and seeking advice on the legal aspects of the contentious issue. The latest but highly significant move on part of the Foreign Office came at a time when an influential US Senator John Kerry is visiting Pakistan to resolve the diplomatic row with Pakistan over the detention of the US citizen, who was arrested in Lahore on

India lacks courage to unearth Samjhota perpetrators: FO

ISLAMABAD – India lacks courage to unearth the role of Hindu extremists and their links with some Indian Army personnel in the Samjhota Express bombing, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told Pakistan Today on Saturday.
He said it was “unfortunate” that India had been unable to complete its investigations into the Samjhota Express blasts, despite the passage of four years. “We do not know how many more years India will need to bring the perpetrators of the Samjhota terrorist

Two rescue flights due for Cairo: FO

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Abdul Basit Thursday said two special flights would be sent to Egypt within 24 hours to evacuate the stranded Pakistani diplomatic staff and other nationals Egypt. The assurance came as the family members of the people trapped in the strife-torn Egypt are worried over the lack of arrangements on the part of government for their evacuation.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the special plane would reach Cairo

Raymond Davis issue causes uproar during FO briefing

ISLAMABAD – The contentious issue of Raymond Davis, a US citizen currently detained in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis, caused uproar in the Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday when spokesman Abdul Basit declined to answer queries on the vital matter leading to a walkout by the reporters and an abrupt end to the ministry’s weekly briefing.
Reporters anxious to dig out information and know the exact stance of the Foreign Ministry on the status of Davis, who is dubbed as diplomat by

US media report on N-programme deplorable: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Tuesday deplored a US media report that dubbed its nuclear programme as a major challenge to the Obama administration’s policy. Commenting on David E Sanger and Eric Schmitt’s article titled ‘Pakistani Nuclear Arms Pose Challenge to US Policy’ published by New York Times on Monday, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said unnecessary alarming reporting about Pakistan’s nuclear programme continued to surface occasionally.

Safety of Pakistanis in Egypt will be ensured: FO

ISLAMABAD – All Pakistanis in Egypt are safe and if needed, they will be rescued from the troubled country, said the Foreign Office here on Sunday.
The Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, in a statement, said there were at least 150 Pakistani families in Egypt and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassy in Cairo were in close contact.
He said the government of Pakistan would take every possible step to ensure the wellbeing and safety of Pakistani citizens.

FO launches inquiry into alleged visa scam

ISLAMABAD – The government on Saturday said an inquiry had been ordered into a scam regarding issuance of visas by foreign missions on basis of recommendations made by the officials in those offices.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in a statement that the Foreign Office had instituted a formal inquiry into allegations regarding the visa scam. He said, “The findings would be shared.” Basit, however, called a media report regarding the visa scam “rather sensational” and

Offensive in north waziristan – Foreign pressure unacceptable: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said it would not accept any foreign pressure for launching a military offensive against the Al Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants in North Waziristan, which the United States believes has become the hub of global terrorism.
“Washington knows our position, our viewpoint on full-scale operations in North Waziristan very well and we will move ahead at a time of our own choosing,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said while addressing his weekly

Holbrooke critically ill, FO perturbed

ISLAMABAD: Perturbed over the illness of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the Foreign Ministry has directed the Pakistan Embassy in Washington to keep it posted about the US special envoy’s “critical” health condition.
“We are worried at the sudden illness of Ambassador Holbrooke not only because of his key role in this region, but also because of his sympathetic attitude towards Islamabad and especially his active involvement in flood-relief activities,” a Foreign Ministry official


India-France nuclear deal will destabilise South Asia: FO

ISLAMABAD: Criticising the multi-billion nuclear agreement between France and India, Pakistan on Thursday said the deal, under which India would receive two nuclear reactors, would create mistrust and would have serious security implications in South Asia.
“We strongly believe that creating exceptions for any country is not only a step backwards in terms of promoting peaceful nuclear cooperation, but also has serious security implications at the regional and global levels,”

Gilani’s visit will help Pak-Afghan ties, says FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said on Sunday that he hoped Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s Kabul visit would help enhance Pak-Afghan economic ties.
Basit said the main objective of Gilani’s visit was to increase mutual trust, as it was in the benefit of both countries. He said a lot of progress was made in trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan during the last two years, which had raised the masses’ expectations of cordial and friendly bilateral

WikiLeaks reports ‘misleading and contrary to facts’: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday criticised the uncovering of sensitive diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks saying it considers the “extremely negative reports” carried on Pakistan-Saudi relations “misleading and contrary to facts”.
Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said, “We consider the extremely negative reports carried on Pakistan-Saudi relations attributed to Wikileaks as misleading and contrary to facts.
Pakistan enjoys a very special and unique relationship with the

Malik’s statement absolving India is his own opinion: FO

ISLAMABAD: Distancing itself from Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s recent statement in which he tacitly absolved India of involvement in terrorist acts on Pakistani soil, the Foreign Office on Monday said it could be the minister’s personal opinion but not Islamabad’s known stance on the contentious issue.
“The banned TTP, Al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have joined hands and are using each other’s resources to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan,” Malik told reporters