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Pak mulling naming Riaz Khan as special envoy on India

Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 16:04

New York: Pakistan is contemplating appointment of veteran diplomat and former foreign secretary Riaz Mohd Khan as its special envoy on Indian affairs, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.
"Yes, we are considering very senior former diplomat, former foreign secretary - a gentleman called Riaz Mohd Khan," Qureshi told CNN, referring to reports that Pakistan was to name a special envoy for informal talks with India.

Khan held the post of Foreign Secretary from 2005 to 2008 and had retired from it citing personal reasons.

Qureshi`s remarks came last night on the eve of his crucial talks with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on the margins of the UN General Assembly session here, during which the slow progress made by Islamabad in probing the Mumbai attacks is expected to be the focal point.

India has suspended the composite dialogue with Pakistan since the Mumbai attacks in November last year and linked its resumption to Islamabad taking action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 strikes.

"We, as a government, want good neighbourly relations with India. (But) that does not mean we don`t have issues with them. We do have outstanding issues and we want them resolved," Qureshi said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 16:04

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