Pakistan recognizes the National Transition Council government in Libya

In the letter he had stated that recognition was needed in the interest of a large number of Pakistani expatriates employed in Libya as there were indications that the NTC could move to substitute Pakistani workers with Indians because of Islamabad’s hesitation in recognizing the new government

Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to recognize the National Transition Council (NTC) government in Libya, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced on Sunday.

“I took the decision to accord recognition four days ago,” Gilani said while replying to questions from journalists at a function at the Lahore Press Club. He explained that “assessment” of the changing situation in Libya took time as it was Pakistan’s consistent policy to avoid interference in affairs of a sovereign state.

The announcement by the prime minister followed criticism of the delay in recognition by the country’s main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) headed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

A PML-N leader, senator Ishaq Dar said Friday he had written a letter to the prime minister to press for recognition of the new dispensation in Libya.

In the letter he had stated that recognition was needed in the interest of a large number of Pakistani expatriates employed in Libya as there were indications that the NTC could move to substitute Pakistani workers with Indians because of Islamabad’s hesitation in recognizing the new government.

Answering another question about tension in relations with US, Gilani said things were now moving in the “right direction.”

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Categories: Africa, Asia, Libya, Pakistan

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