Pak to remain out of C'wealth councils: Blair

Pakistan will continue to remain outside the councils of Commonwealth till democracy is restored there, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said.

Pakistan will continue to remain outside the councils of Commonwealth till democracy is restored there, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf "is of course committed to returning the country to democracy, that is important, and until he does so Pakistan remains outside the councils of the Commonwealth," Blair said in an interview to BBC 'Newsnight'.

"But what he (Musharraf) has done post September 11 has been very important and it is important now," he said.

Asked whether he really believed that Musharraf is a man of courage and leadership, Blair said, "I do actually think that he was very courageous. I said those words after September 11, when in the face of what could have been an enormously difficult situation in his own country, he decided to back the coalition against terrorism rather than the Taliban. That was an act of courage."

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