CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Pakistan - Pakistani Leader Orders Taliban to Close Their Consulate in Karachi
Ahmad, Munir, The Independent (London, England)
PAKISTAN HAS ordered the Taliban to close their consulate in Karachi, the country's Foreign Ministry announced yesterday.
But the Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf, said his government had "no intention" of breaking diplomatic relations with the Taliban regime, which is harbouring Osama bin Laden.
He said it was "essential" that these ties be maintained. The diplomatic ties provided "a useful diplomatic window", General Musharraf said in Paris, where he met Jacques Chirac, the French President, to discuss the US-led campaign against terrorism. "Diplomatic interaction is useful and fruitful and accepted by the coalition," he added.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aziz Ahmad Khan, said staff at the Afghan consulate in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, had been asked to return to Afghanistan immediately.
Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador, said the Pakistanis ordered operations at the Karachi consulate to cease by the end of this week. Pakistani officials said the government informed the Taliban of the order on Tuesday. General Musharraf said: "Having a Taliban consulate in Karachi is purposeless and it was having some negatives." He noted that a Taliban consulate in Peshawar, near the border with …
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Publication information: Article title: CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Pakistan - Pakistani Leader Orders Taliban to Close Their Consulate in Karachi. Contributors: Ahmad, Munir - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 9, 2001. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.