Friday, January 16, 2015

Pakistan seeks UK aid on Baloch refugees

Jan 16, 2015

Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met British Prime Minister David Cameron here to discuss issues related to regional security and sought their help against the outlawed Hizbut Tahrir radical group and the Baloch dissidents living in exile in the UK.

Gen. Sharif, who is on a three-day trip to the UK, opened his visit with a meeting with Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Sir Nicholas Houghton on Wednesday.

He later held meetings with Mr Cameron, defence secretary Michael Fallon, national security adviser Sir Kim Darroch and director-general of the office for security and counter-terrorism Charles Farr.
Pakistan Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa said in a series of tweets that Gen. Sharif “raised issue of action against proscribed organisations, anti-Pakistan elements operating from outside the country and measures to choke terror financing”.

Gen. Sharif also discussed issues of “regional security, stability in Afghanistan, mutual defence and security cooperation,” Maj. Gen. Bajwa said.

“The issue of UK-based organisations creating security problems in Pakistan was forcefully raised in all the meetings. The Army Chief specifically talked about the Hizbut Tahrir and the Baloch dissidents, who have taken up asylum in the UK,” Maj. Gen. Bajwa was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

Hizbut Tahrir started operating in Pakistan in late 1990s and was proscribed by former military ruler Gen. 

Pervez Musharraf in 2004 when their links with military officers were first exposed.

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