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US applying pressure on Islamabad. BBC reports Pakistan 'still undecided' on Iraq

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Friends, News for Islamabad indicates that the US is applying heavy pressure on Pakistan to support the Bush-Blair UN Security Council resolution authorizing
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2003

      News for Islamabad indicates that the US is applying heavy pressure on
      Pakistan to support the Bush-Blair UN Security Council resolution
      authorizing the invasion of Iraq. Let us all do something about it.

      Please act now and send a message to the Pakistan Ambassador to the UN,
      Munir Akram, not to support the US-UK resolution sanctioning a war. Remind
      him of the consequences to Pakistan of siding with the UK in 1956 Suez
      Invasion. Let him know that Pakistan carries the moral responsibility of
      being a voice for ordinary Iraqis at the Security Council, and not the
      American War Machinery.

      Suggest to him that if he is being pressured by the US to vote for them, he
      should resign his post in protest. Hundreds of thousands of children of Iraq
      will be grateful to him if war can be averted.

      Send you message to:

      H.E. Ambassador Munir Akram
      Representative of Pakistan on the UN Security Council
      e-mail: pakistan@...
      Fax: (212) 744-7348

      Tarek Fatah
      Pakistan 'still undecided' on Iraq

      Pakistan says it is still undecided on how it would vote on a new resolution
      on Iraq tabled by the US and UK.
      Pakistan is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council
      which began discussions on the resolution on Thursday.

      Passage of the resolution requires at least 9 votes in favour.

      Pakistani foreign ministry official Tariq Usman Haider told journalists in
      Islamabad US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, who is visiting
      Islamabad, did ask for Pakistan's support for the resolution. Ms Rocca made
      the request when she met Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri
      and Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokar late on Thursday.

      She repeated the request on Friday when she met Pakistan's President Pervez

      President Musharraf "underlined Iraq's responsibility for complete and
      immediate verifiable disarmament," said an official statement issued after
      the meeting. However, the Pakistani leader went on to say, "Peace ought to
      be given the best chance through a diplomatic solution to the problem."

      He made similar comments at his meeting with the Iraqi Information Minister,
      Mohammaed Saeed al-Sahhaf, who arrived in Islamabad on a surprise visit. "It
      was most important for Iraq to cooperate in a manner which is seen to be
      complete and expeditious by inspectors," he told President Saddam Hussain's

      Correspondents say Pakistan has been walking a diplomatic tightrope since
      President Musharraf ended support for Afghanistan's Taleban regime and
      became an ally in the US-led "war against terrorism".

      There have been widespread anti-US demonstrations in Pakistani cities since
      then and the recent election of Islamist politicians in provinces bordering
      Afghanistan have increased sensitivities.

      Pakistani public opinion is strongly opposed to a war on Iraq but the
      government does not wish to weaken its strong security and economic ties to
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