Several countries to facilitate Pakistanis cast vote

Friday, April 26th, 2013 6:26:25 by

Pakistan said Friday that concurrence of seven host governments has been received for the conduct of polling for overseas Pakistanis.


Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary said at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad that the Election Commission had short-listed nine countries where polling could be held.


The spokesman said concurrence from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Australia, Canada and United Kingdom has been received while a response from the United States and the United Arab Emirates is awaited.


He said the matter of voting for overseas Pakistanis is under consideration in the Supreme Court and once a consensus decision is taken, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its concerned missions abroad would extend all possible facilities for the conduct of polling for them.


The government has not yet decided to facilitate the overseas Pakistani to cast vote on May 11 and the Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to submit a report on Monday about the progress so far.


To another question about the stranded Pakistani pilgrims on the Iraqi border, the spokesman said Pakistan embassy in Baghdad has been issued instructions to extend due assistance to any stranded Pakistani pilgrims due to elections in that country. He advised the pilgrims to check with Iraqi embassy in Islamabad before leaving for Iraq.


About arrest of four British Muslims for plotting terror attacks and allegations that they received training in Pakistan, he said terrorists are being tried in different countries and they make different statements.


About the this week trilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States in Brussels, the spokesman said it was in continuation of the high level contacts among the three countries.


They agreed that a sustainable reconciliation process was essential for achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan.


The meeting also agreed to pursue political, security and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.


The spokesman said Pakistan took the opportunity to reaffirm its support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of peace and reconciliation.


To a question he said the Pakistani delegation was led by Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani and it firmly put across the country’s point of view.


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