Pakistan welcomes closure of Guantanamo detention centreJanuary 24th, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Jan 24 (Xinhua) Pakistan Saturday welcomed the US administration’s decision to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. “Pakistan is confident that the new US administration will develop a holistic strategy in successfully overcoming the complex challenges confronting the world today,” the Pakistani foreign office said in a statement.
“Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre signals an important step towards upholding the primacy of the rule of law and adds the much needed moral dimension in dealing with terrorism,” it added.
US President Barack Obama Thursday signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo prison within a year.
There are still six Pakistani prisoners in Guantanamo, including three declared by the US authorities as “high profile prisoners”, according to freed prisoner Qari Saad Iqbal Madni.
Madni was released last year after seven years in US prisons.