A request for consular access to Pakistani detainees at Guantanamo Bay has been pending for two years, an official at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington told The Express Tribune.
On Wednesday, Pakistani detainee Majid Khan told a military judge at the Guantanamo Bay military commission that he would like a Pakistani lawyer in the future.
Khan’s counsel, Jonathon W Dixon, said: “We have been supportive of the request.” Guantanamo Bay chief prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins also said that he supported the request.
The official at the embassy, however, said they were told by US authorities that they officially cannot be given consular access to detainees.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that the request, filed with US authorities, had been pending for two years now.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2012.
More in PakistanPolo: Colony Sugar takes Gold Cup lead