Pak govt brushes aside baseless Khar removal rpts

The Pakistan government said there were no plans to change incumbent Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, with a spokesman describing reports in this regard as baseless and speculative.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2012, 23:48 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Tuesday said there were no plans to change incumbent Foreign Minister
Hina Rabbani Khar, with a spokesman describing reports in this
regard as "baseless and speculative".

A spokesman for the Prime Minister`s House contradicted
reports regarding the change of the Foreign Minister.

He said the media had "insinuated" from Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani`s recent statement that a change was
imminent.

While welcoming President Asif Ali Zardari`s visit to
India on Sunday, Gilani had said that a "new team" would give
"new impetus to normalization of relations between India and
Pakistan", the spokesman said.

The spokesman contended that the premier`s remarks about
a "new team" were a reference to new Foreign Secretary Jalil
Abbas Jillani and High Commissioner-designate to India, Salman
Bashir, who recently retired as Foreign Secretary.

PTI