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Pakistan: Politics and Government

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the political situation in Swat; and if he will make a statement. (271525)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last discussed the situation in North West Frontier Province with Foreign Minister Qureshi on 25 April 2009. Officials based at our high commission in Islamabad also continue to hold frequent discussions about the political situation in Pakistan with a wide range of Pakistani Ministers, politicians and officials. The situation in Swat has been a regular theme of discussions. We have concerns about the recent peace agreement—an effective and sustainable peace deal is one which can end violence, not create space for further violence.