Pakistan denies FBI's presence in the country

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Islamabad, Oct 25 (UNI) Rejecting media reports that FBI experts attended a meeting on Karachi blasts, Pakistan categorically denied presence of any foreign experts to help or assist in the probe into the ghastly incidents.

Interior Ministry spokesman Brig (retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema categorically denied the presence of any FBI experts in Pakistan to help or assist in investigations in different incidents of terrorism.

''I don't confirm that there are any experts who are already present in Pakistan. There are no FBI experts,'' he said.

The spokesman, however, said he felt there was no harm in seeking the help of foreign experts...We should repose confidence in our own investigating team. They are very professional people,'' he added.

Talking about the progress made in the probe into the suicide blasts on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's homecoming procession, he said the evidence so far collected confirmed that the second blast that caused most casualties was carried out by a suicide bomber, while the experts were yet to determine the nature of the first blast.

He said the the DIG (Investigations), Manzoor Mughal, was shifted after the Pakistan People's Party expressed some reservations about him. ''However, it will not affect the investigations...I don't think the Sindh Police has any shortage of professional officers,'' he said.

Brig Cheema said the Interior Ministry had drawn up a code of conduct for political activities and submitted it to the government.

The code will be thoroughly discussed with all political parties before being implemented, he said.

Brig Cheema also denied putting the PPP chief's name on the Exit Control List (ECL) and added that the Red Corner Notice was rendered null after her homecoming, The News reported.

''The government does not want to impede political activities but it has to take all necessary measures to minimise the threat posed by extremist forces. There will be no ban on public meetings but the ministry has recommended in the code of conduct that big public processions in the streets should be avoided. The venues of the public meetings would be notified by the provincial governments,'' he said.


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