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Pakistan: Election Undertakings

Volume 620: debated on Thursday 21 December 2000

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16 November (

WA 41), what assurances Pakistan gave to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group in New York on 15 September; and what further measures or sanctions are now proposed. [HL186]

At the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on 15 September, Pakistan's Foreign Minister gave imprecise and ambiguous assurances about Pakistan's timetable for provincial and national elections.Should Pakistan fail to announce a date for elections before CMAG's meeting in September 2001, we would expect that the group will be forced to consider further possible measures against Pakistan, including a recommendation to the Brisbane Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2001, that Pakistan be suspended from the Commonwealth.