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Pakistan rules out sending troops to Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Sept 23, IRNA -- Pakistan on Thursday ruled out dispatching
its army to war-ravaged Iraq "under present circumstances". 
"Pakistan is not sending troops to Iraq under present 
ircumstances," Foreign Office Spokesman told IRNA on phone. 
He was asked to comment on press reports quoting interim Iraqi 
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi as saying that he urged Pakistani President
General Pervez Musharraf to commit his country`s troops to Iraq. 
Allawi met Musharraf on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 
on-going UN General Assembly in New York during which he reportedly 
called for Pakistan`s military contribution to Iraq. 
Islamabad has rebuffed US-British pressures on sending its army 
men to Iraq, pre-conditioning it to a formal request by the Iraqi 
government, contribution of other Islamic states, and approval of the 
parliament. 
TSH/1422 



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