Commonwealth asked to postpone its decision on Pakistan suspension

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Islamabad, Nov 21 (UNI) Pakistan today said it had sought a short postponment of the Commonwealth decision about suspension of its membership and asked the organisation to immediately send a delegation to look at the situation in the country.

''British Prime Minister Gordon Brown telephoned Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro last night, who reassured that election would be held as per schedule on January 8,'' Foreign office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said at a news briefing in Islamabad.

The Prime Minister informed his British counterpart that while emergency is imposed at present, everything is being done in the spirit of the constitution, Mr Sadiq said.

He added Mr Brown was told that all steps taken by the Government are consistent with constitutional provisions.

Mr Soomro expressed concern that any precipitate decision by Commonwealth on Pakistan's participation in the organisation would be unfortunate.

Commonwealth ministerial action group had threatened to suspend Pakistan's membership if emergency was not lifted.

''Such a step would not be in the interest of both Pakistan and the Commonwealth as we value our relations with the organisation,'' the spokesman added.

The Prime Minister briefed Mr Brown about the political developments in Pakistan and the principal mandate of the caretaker government to hold elections on January 8 next year.

He reaffirmed that the elections will be free, fair and transparent.

The two Prime Ministers also exchanged views on the forthcoming Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had sent letters to the heads of Government of CMAG countries including the United Kingdom, underlining that the political situation in Pakistan was returning to normalcy.

The letter stated that the Supreme Court is expected to give verdicts shortly on some of the relevant issues including notification of the results of the presidential elections.

The President has already stated that he would give up the uniform before taking oath of office.

Foreign Minister Inamul Haq had also called the Commonwealth Heads of Mission in Islamabad to convey a similar message.

The Foreign Minister also spoke on telephone with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, the Foreign Ministers of Malta, Canada, Malaysia and the UK Minister for Asia, Africa and the UN.


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