Pakistan deplores but does not condemn attack

15 April 2003
Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Mehmood Kasuri told Pakistan's parliament in Islamabad on 20 March that he saw no justification for the military action against Iraq.

'Pakistan deplores the initiation of military action against Iraq,' Kasuri told a news conference on the same day. He said he also regretted that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein did not consider all options to avoid war. The government has been under intense domestic pressure to distance itself from US-led plans to attack Iraq.

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