§ 26. Fiona Mactaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Britain's relations with Pakistan. 
§ Mr. Hain
Britain remains one of Pakistan's oldest and closest friends. We continue to urge General Musharraf to produce a credible timetable for democracy. We are pleased that the first round of local elections will commence soon but are disappointed that they will be held on a non-party basis. We also welcome Pakistan's positive response to the Indian ceasefire announcement on Kashmir.