Pakistan must recognise Libya’s new regime: PML-N

Published: October 15, 2011

PML-N asks government to take lead from examples set by China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Gulf, African and other Middle Eastern states in recognising the NTC. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has asked government to recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC) government in Libya that has taken control of the country after toppling Muammar Qaddafi’s regime.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani here on Friday, PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar asserted that lives and jobs of over 55,000 Pakistani expatriates would be highly vulnerable if there is a further delay in recognising the council.

The letter asks Islamabad to take lead from examples set by China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Gulf, African and other Middle Eastern states in recognising the council.

Dar reminded the premier of a statement by some elements within the NTC would substitute Pakistani workers with Indian ones if Islamabad does not recognise NTC’s rule soon.

“As we are well aware, the people of Libya have gone through a momentous struggle to install a new council to administer their country,” Dar highlighted in the letter.

“The transitional council that has replaced former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and his setup is almost in complete control of the land while running the administrative affairs of their country.”

The developments in last few months in Libya required government of Pakistan to review the situation on ground for the timely recognition of the new set-up in Libya.

“However, I regret to point out that the government of Pakistan has been extremely slow in taking a clear-cut direction on this critical subject,” the letter read.

“It  appears  that  perhaps  slow  action  on  the  part  of  the government of Pakistan could be connected to ties of personal friendship in the past but we must not forget that these are part of history now,” the letter concluded, alluding to former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s amiable relationship with Qaddafi.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2011.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Fasih Khan
    Oct 15, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Thank God … Any take of PML (N) Over any policy issue has been seen. Any thing by them other then their own Agenda is a refreshing sign …

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  • MarkH
    Oct 15, 2011 - 10:56AM

    I think there’s an unspoken rule in Pakistan to never accept anything new.

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  • has
    Oct 15, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Libya is the next free economy Africa, huge oil reserves are there, world best quality crude oil is Libyan. Huge Infrastructural development would be happen. New cities would be build along the Libyan coast.Old cities would be rebuild.
    Southern Libya is full of Gas as well Oil reserves. European Space agency has already map out through European Geologist who are working with European Oil giants.
    5 million homes would be build.
    Pakistan could export cement, rice, food stuff, medicines and other engineering products.
    Libya would needing 1 million to 2 million skilled and semi skilled. It would be huge benefits for Pakistani If our Presidency and Premier would asap recognize NTC. Recommend

  • Ali R.
    Oct 15, 2011 - 6:10PM

    You can lead the way by renaming the Gaddafi Stadium in YOUR Lahore to say, Imran Khan Stadium.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Oct 15, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Pakistani is fighting against AlQAIDA on its own land and how PAK will accept the GOVT which is ruled by ALQAIDA N USA in lybia…funny N league….Rebels of PAK. if u r accepting this new lybian govt it means Pak is accepting Alqaida…Cause USA gave weapons to these Alqaida group who is fighting against Gaddafi forces. Shame on muslim world who are helping USA n ALQAIDA.

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  • antanu
    Oct 15, 2011 - 11:07PM

    @MarkH:
    Why name Pakistan only…many countries have so far not recognized the Libyan Council.

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  • MarkH
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:10AM

    @antanu:
    Because it’s not an article about those countries. I’ll fix that for you. The majority of humanity is made up of closed minded people who seek the safety blanket of the familiar because it makes them feel safe even if there’s a person being tortured right next to them. Yes, Pakistan is not alone by any stretch. Even some countries that do accept the new government are guilty of the same flaw in other instances. I have a habit of ranting when I get too detailed and try to stay away from it whether I succeed in most cases or not.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 2:19AM

    Pakistanis can feel proud that their government did not cave in to pressure to recognize the NTC. Whether Pakistanis will be permitted to work in Libya or not is a separate matter from whether the NTC deserves recognition, which, in my opinion, it most certainly does not.

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  • Sheikh
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:52PM

    The Government of Pakistan should make a policy decision here. Based on no. of examples from the past, Pakistan recognises the government who holds power in the center and sits in the capital, example such as Afghanistan, where anyone who claims the power and sits in the capital is recognised as the legitimate government of the country by Pakistan. So why not Libya, why to wait so long when others get the opportunity. However, since we all know, the PPP’s Government lacks initiative and has on occassions, fell insensitive to what’s happening around the globe.

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