Statements by the Council and the Commission on the situation in Pakistan, plenary session of the EP

Type: Report   Reference: I-054675   Duration: 11:12:55  Lieu:
End production: 11/07/2007
Armed extremist militants entrenched in the Red Mosque in Islamabad causing a serious crisis in the heart of the city. At least 50 people inside the Red Mosque and 10 soldiers died after commandos stormed the complex. The Pakistani army said it has cleared a mosque compound in Islamabad of militants, after two days of fighting. The debate of the Members of the EP came in a moment when the Pakistani army announced the end of its combat operation.

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11:09:58 Title 00:00:04
11:10:03 View outside the European Parliament building in Strasbourg 00:00:05
11:10:08 Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portuguese State Secretary for European Affairs, (in PORTUGUESE) expressing his solidarity with the people of Pakistan and the citizens of Islamabad in particular, who are victims of the violence created by the armed extremists; saying that he hopes that the outcome of this violent situation does not cause more innocent victims, especially the children being used as human shields, and that those responsible will be brought to justice 00:00:43
11:10:51 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that it has come as a shock to her to see these scenes take place in the heart of the Pakistani capital and that involved hundreds of women and men; it is very regrettable that those who continue to resist did not accept a peaceful solution; she appreciates the patience shown by the government in trying to reach a negotiated solution; (3 shots) 00:00:37
11:11:28 Charles Tannock, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU should fear instability in an Islamic State with nuclear weapons; Warning the international community against the rise of Islamism 00:00:23
11:11:51 Robert J. Evans, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU does recognize the challenges that Pakistan faces in the hard task of facing terrorism on its own territory; we respect the international role they played in the fight against global terrorism; we pledge support for future efforts 00:00:20
11:12:11 Sajjad Karim Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that the tragic events of the Red Mosque in Islamabad show that Pakistan faces a clear and present threat from extremist ideology; the extremists are a danger to the majority moderate Pakistani people and to NATO forces station in Afghanistan; on the footholds that the extremists have across many parts of the country; the EU must continue to support health and education projects in Pakistan; The EU must insist that the government respects the independence of the judiciary, the rule of law and the human rights of the Pakistani people as the country moves forward to democratic elections (2 shots) 00:00:44
11:12:55 Cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:17
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