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Pakistan: Politics and Government

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Pakistan. (169394)

The progress that has been made in recent weeks in Pakistan is to be welcomed. President Musharraf’s announcement of elections on 8 January, his stepping down as Chief of the Army on 28 November and the declaration that the State of Emergency will be lifted on 16 December and the constitution restored are all important steps forward. The UK looks forward to the lifting of all remaining restrictions so that all parties are able to participate fully in the elections. There must be a level playing field for all to ensure the elections are free and fair. We fully support the decision of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala last month to suspend Pakistan from the Councils of the Commonwealth. We hope that Pakistan will rapidly meet the conditions which will allow full membership of the Commonwealth to be restored.