Pakistan calls for cease-fire in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 00:00

Pakistan on Tuesday urged the warring
factions in Afghanistan to sit together and find out a
negotiated settlement of the conflict.

“Pakistan policy is to see peace and end to hostilities
in the war-ravaged country,” foreign office spokesman Riaz
Mohammad Khan said. Khan's appeal came amidst reports from Afghanistan about fierce fighting between Taliban and Opposition Northern
Alliance in the northern Takhar province.

The spokesman told a press briefing that the parties
concerned should solve the Afghan problem. Replying to a question about the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Khan said, “Pakistan has not taken any decision to sign CTBT. We have not yet made determination. Without a
broad consensus it is unfair to expect us to sign CTBT.”

Replying to a question about the possibility of General
Pervez Musharraf meeting US President Bill Clinton during the
forthcoming millennium summit of the UN General Assembly, he
said, “Musharraf will take part in activities of the summit.”

“As far as the meetings of heads of states are concerned
they cannot be fixed,” he said. To a question about US official's visit for talks on the extradition of wanted Pakistanis, he said that the official will
hold talks with interior ministry on the procedure of
extradition. He, however, declined to disclose names of the wanted
people.

Report: Zeenext Bureau



First Published: Tuesday, August 8, 2000 - 00:00
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