HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 c311W
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in Pakistan. [122739]

Mr. Mullin

The British high commission in Karachi continues to seek consular access to Mr. Sheikh. They last wrote to the Pakistani authorities on 23 May 2003, asking for permission to visit him. We await their response. However, we continue to press for access to ensure Mr. Sheikh's welfare. Mr. Sheikh is believed to be a dual national. If this is the case, the Pakistani authorities are not obliged to give us consular access or information.

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