British foreign secy on Pak visit

Agence France Presse

Islamabad, February 13:

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will tomorrow begin a visit to Pakistan for talks on rebuilding Afgh-anistan, fighting terrorism and curbing the spread of nuclear wea-pons, the foreign ministry said.

Straw will meet President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz as well as his counterpart Khurshid M Kasuri, a ministry statement said.

It said the resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India would also be on the agenda.

During his three-day visit Straw will also visit the eastern city of Lahore where his programme includes a lecture on “Enlightened Moderation”.

Britain, like Pakistan, is a key partner of the United States in its global war on terrorism and is engaged in the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan. Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has been under effective house arrest since February 2004, when he publicly admitted passing nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.