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No decision yet on sending troops to Iraq: Pak
K J M Varma in Islamabad | July 27, 2004 15:32 IST
Expressing concern over the kidnapping of two Pakistani nationals in Iraq, the country's National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding their release, even as the government said any decision to send troops to the war-ravaged nation will be taken only after taking the House into confidence.
"This House expresses deep concern over the kidnapping of two Pakistanis in Iraq and threats to their lives, the government will make all possible efforts for release of these innocent Pakistanis," the resolution moved by opposition member, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, said.
The Iraqi militants while confirming the abduction of two Pakistanis, Raja Ajadhan and Sajad Naeem, both hailing from the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, two days ago, threatened to execute them.
Appealing for the hostages' release, Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri said Pakistan has not sent troops to Iraq so far despite US request and no decision in this regard has been taken.
"We made every possible effort for release of a Pakistani kidnapped earlier and I assure, this time also every avenue will be explored for release of kidnapped Pakistanis. There are no two opinions on our principled stance of protecting the lives of Pakistanis living abroad," he said.
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