Pakistan will recognize new Libyan government: Gilani

Published: October 16, 2011
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A car with the rebel flag at the main gate of the embassy in Islamabad on August 25, 2011. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

A car with the rebel flag at the main gate of the embassy in Islamabad on August 25, 2011. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan will recognize the new government in Libya.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore on Sunday Gilani said that Pakistan believes in the sovereignty and independence of all countries, and does not interfere in the internal affairs of any country.

As reported earlier in The Express Tribune, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had asked the 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, 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.

On August 25 this year, the Libyan envoy in Islamabad, Ibrahim al Ebad, removed the green coloured flag, associated with the Qaddafi regime, and hoisted the de facto flag of Libya, used by the National Transitional Council at the Libyan embassy in Islamabad. According to official sources, however, the Libyan ambassador hoisted the new flag without the prior approval of the Pakistani government.

“It was mandatory for the Libyan ambassador to obtain prior permission from Islamabad to hoist the new flag of his country,” an official told The Express Tribune while requesting anonymity.

Furthermore, Ebad informed the foreign ministry about his decision to recognise the NTC as the only ‘true and legitimate authority in Libya’ and them to follow suit. The ambassador also confirmed that his fellow Libyan diplomats in Islamabad have disassociated themselves from the Qaddafi administration and pledged their loyalties to the NTC.

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  • zalim singh
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:48PM

    and change the name of Ghaddafi stadium….. to Ranjit Singh stadium.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:15PM

    too early!

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  • Ishtiaq Ahmed
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:34PM

    What about Qaddafi Stadium. We never learn from our follies – before there was Shahrae Pehlvi, Murree Road named after Iran’ King Raza Shah, only to be reverted back to its’ original name after his overthrow. Now that Qaddafi is gone, Lahore Cricket Stadium (LCS) or Lahore Cricket Ground (LCG) sound good.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:37PM

    The Pro-Qaddafi Libyan Flag was removed by the Libyan Ambassador in Islamabad on August 25, 2011 along with the other Libyan Embassies around the globe.

    National Transitional Council’s (NTC) Flag is not the last Flag of Libya. Even this Flag will also be changed after the general elections will be held in Libya when a new democratic government will take place after the arrest or death of Qaddafi.

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  • Bingo
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:40PM

    A U-turn in Pakistani foreign policy regarding it’s allies is not something to be surprised about. In the duration of 24 hours the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan who was the apple of the Pak establishment’s eye become a dreadful enemy in 2001.
    Now, Gaddafi Stadium will become Inqilabi Stadium.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:00PM

    ” Gillani said that Pakistan believes in the sovereignty & Independence of all countries”…………..except Pakistan ?

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  • SaudiRules
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:20PM

    Lets change the name Gaddhafi Stadium to the name of next hero of pakistan, The Burger King Stadium! In honor of burger’s new king like hero, the Imran Taleban Ka-hn!! LOL!Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:36PM

    @zalim singh:

    Qaddafi Stadium would remian Qaddafi stadium, Fascist will not succeed in overcoming public opinion.

    Ranjit Singh was a cruel, ductator. Not better then any other dictator.

    Rather we should name the stadium after some well wisher of Pakistan. Oh no, Fascist will be clean bowled. Qaddafi is a Pakistani well wisher.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Gaddhafi Achievements:
    – Free electricity and water for Libyans, man made river of Libya
    – Education free from KG to Uni, Uni student only pay 9$
    – Petrol costs 75 cents
    – Toward Pan African economic, financial and political independence
    – Rascom project to have African satellite and communication independence from Europe
    – Planning for African Monetary Fund and African Reserve Bank
    – Houses are mostly owned by Libyans without any usurious mortgages
    – Ranks 53 on the UN Human Development Index, Libya ranks ahead of Russia Brazil Malaysia
    – Life expectancy has increased by 20 years

    I bet there is no leader in Muslim world like him right now and Pakistanis speaking against him just shows how ludicrously media mouth pieces we have become.

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  • tasawar malik
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:32PM

    its really a bit early

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  • TightChuddi
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Stadium is appropriate.

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  • Analyst
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:13PM

    Who cares ? Including Libya.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Gaddafi Stadium has its own history. The name must be retained as such. Removal of Gaddafi from the government is internal matter of Libya. Pakistan must recognize whichever the government is in place, if it is recognize by the people of that country whether Libya or any other state

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  • kam
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:01PM

    @zalim singh:

    thats funny and call all of lahore khalistan

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 12:16AM

    My dear Pakistani, choose the perfect name of the stadium and write it to the editor in a letter.

    Why have you guys stuck on a stadium? Why for Foreign Policy is formed? It is formed for a purpose which aims at peaceful and harmony either multilateral or bilateral relations with every country. It changes the way weather of the politics world and wind drifts from one horizon to another. Come on! Accept the reality of the system.

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  • Arindom
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:36AM

    All these embarrassing U-turns in Pak Foreign Policy is because of the element of “sycophancy” guiding many of the decisions. Some international personalities Delhi has streets named after Abdul Kemal, Nasser, Nelson Mandela and Tito. These were colossuss -so no renaming necessary even in change in Foreign Policy over time.

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  • Hafiz Saeed
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:36AM

    Gaddafi Stadium should be renamed Taliban Stadium, as a gesture in newly initiated peace talks with Taliban.

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  • A Suhail
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:06AM

    @moise. If Gaddhaffi did so much for his people how come libyans are revolting against him. His 42 year rule collapsed within months and he had to import fighters from neighboring countries to fight his war. Libyans are charting their own course and history will not be kind to likes of Gaddaffi.

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 4:05PM

    @A Suhail:
    Because media said so. He gave out million rifles to civillians against Al Qaeda Rebels backed by NATO.

    As for imported army, Africa owe a lot to Libya and they see it as hero against super powers looting Africa.

    Here is the video showing support of Gaddhafi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AXjipjX6lU

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