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Pakistan: Politics and Government

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Pakistan. (169580)

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes, South-West (Dr. Starkey) on 12 November, Official Report, column 41W.

I welcome General Musharraf’s announcement that he will hold elections on 8 January and that he has stepped down as Chief of the Army. But I urge him to lift the state of emergency, restore constitutional order and create the conditions for free and fair elections. There must be a level playing field for all political parties. We hope that Pakistan will rapidly meet the conditions which will allow its full membership of the Commonwealth to be restored.