Feb 23, 2009

US expects Pakistan to follow UN sanctions

UNITED NATIONS: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday that the US will ask Pakistan to ‘adhere completely’ to the UN Security Council sanctions on militant organisations.
‘I know the Pakistani government to be a government that wants to deal in good faith with the world.’
‘Its a new civilian government that is a legitimate government that wants very much to be respected in international politics and, by the way, wants to deal with the terrorism problem, that is itself having dire consequences in Pakistan. I expect that there will be ... cooperation,’ she told reporters at the world body’s headquarters in New York.
Rice’s comments came when an Indian reporter drew attention to a statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi that charitable arms of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah will not be closed down.
Last week, the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee had imposed sanctions on JuD and four of its leaders for their alleged involvement in the Mumbai terrorist attack.
Pakistan followed up with a crackdown, which included arrests, freezing their assets and sealing their offices.
Asked whether Pakistani foreign minister’s reported statement on implementations of UN sanctions, Rice said that it was for Pakistan to figure it out how they are going to implement the Security Council sanctions.

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