rediff.com News
      HOME | US EDITION | REPORT
November 20, 2001
 US city pages

  - Atlanta
  - Boston
  - Chicago
  - DC Area
  - Houston
  - Jersey Area
  - Los Angeles
  - New York
  - SF Bay Area


 US yellow pages

 Archives

 - Earlier editions 

 Channels

 - Astrology 
 - Cricket
 - Money
 - Movies
 - Women 
 - India News
 - US News

  Call India
   Direct Service

  Save upto 60% over
    AT&T, MCI
  Rates 29.9/min
   Select Cities



   Prepaid Cards

  Mumbai 24/min
  Chennai 33/min
  Other Cities




 India Abroad
Weekly Newspaper

  In-depth news

  Community Focus

  16 Page Magazine
For 4 free issues
Click here!
 Search the Internet
         Tips
 Links: Terror in America
E-Mail this report to a friend
Print this page Best Printed on  HP Laserjets

Taleban consulates in Quetta, Peshawar closed

K J M Varma in Islamabad

Further to its decision to de-recognise the Taleban government, Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the closure of the two remaining Taleban consulates in Quetta and Peshawar, but remained silent on the militia's embassy in Islamabad.

Announcing this in Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign office spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan told reporters that Pakistan government has directed the Taleban ambassador in Islamabad Mullah Abdul Saleem Zaeef to close down the consulates.

With this Pakistan has closed down all the three Taleban consulates in Pakistan. Two weeks ago it directed the closure of the consulate in Karachi and clamped restrictions on Zaeef's addressing press conferences.

The closure orders followed Monday's clarification by Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar that his government has de-recognised the Taleban government as it has collapsed, but at the same time it has not recognised any new government, awaiting the formation of a broad-based government under the aegis of the UN.

"We have already withdrawn our personnel from Afghanistan but not yet announced de-recognition of the Taleban government. That does not mean we continue to recognise it. Quite clearly the government has collapsed. For the time being Afghan embassy represents Afghanistan in our country," Sattar said.

Clarifying the government's decision to close down the consulates in Peshawar and Quetta, Khan said the decision was prompted by Northern Alliance taking over the border posts near Quetta.

In view of this the visas issued by consulate have no relevance. Similarly confusion prevailed in Peshawar too, he said.

America's War on Terror: The Complete Coverage
The Attack on US Cities: The Complete Coverage

The Terrorism Weblog: Latest Stories from Around the World

External Link:
For further coverage, please visit www.saja.org/roundupsept11.html

Back to top

Tell us what you think of this report

ADVERTISEMENT      
NEWS | MONEY | SPORTS | MOVIES | CHAT | CRICKET | SEARCH
ASTROLOGY | CONTESTS | E-CARDS | NEWSLINKS | ROMANCE | WOMEN
SHOPPING | BOOKS | MUSIC | PERSONAL HOMEPAGES | FREE EMAIL| MESSENGER | FEEDBACK