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06ISLAMABAD17261
2006-08-30 13:10:00
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Embassy Islamabad
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GOP RESPONSE ON DETAINEE REPATRIATION AND READ-OUT

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/29/2016
TAGS: KAWC PHUM PINR PK PREL PTER
SUBJECT: GOP RESPONSE ON DETAINEE REPATRIATION AND READ-OUT
OF GTMO VISIT ...

REF: A. STATE 109356


B. ISLAMABAD 14210

C. PORGES-SACK EMAIL - 28 AUG 2006

Classified By: CDA Peter W. Bodde, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)



1. (C/NF) On August 25, PolCouns met LTC Imran Farooq,
MoI/National Crisis Management Cell Operations, to solicit
his assessment of his visit to the detention facilities at
Guantanamo (GTMO). LTC Imran said that interviews with the
Pakistani detainees went well. The Pakistani delegation left
with the impression that most of the Pakistani detainees are
individuals who were "in the wrong place at the wrong time,"
not extremists who pose a serious threat. LTC Imran said
that the Pakistani delegation provided an out-brief to "the
four intelligence agencies" at GTMO before departing.



2. (C/NF) Imran said that the delegation discussed
repatriation of the detainees with these intelligence
agencies and the force commander at GTMO; the delegation left
with the impression that no major obstacles remain to the
repatriation of six of the Pakistani detainees. This includes
Saifullah Paracha, provided that the GOP makes arrangements
to keep him in detention here in Pakistan. LTC Imran said
that GTMO officials told the delegation that if the
Government of Pakistan (GOP) submits a formal request for
repatriation, it will be favorably received. Upon his return
to Islamabad, LTC Imran prepared a report for the MFA in
support of a formal request for repatriation. In addition to
six of the GTMO detainees, Imran said that the GOP would be
requesting the release of 20 Pakistani nationals currently in
Bagram.



3. (C/NF) PolCouns advised LTC Imran that the Embassy had
yet to receive a response from the GOP regarding the USG
request for written assurances regarding access, etc. (Ref A,
B), for detainees released to Pakistani custody; that it
would be important for the US to receive this before any new
request for expedited repatriation. (Note: Following this
meeting with LTC Imran, Embassy received the requested
written assurances from the MFA on August 29; see para. 7,
below. Post will fax/email a copy of the MFA note to SCA.
End note.)



4. (C/NF) Imran warned that for the GOP to keep Saifullah
Paracha in custody, it would need information/evidence from
the USG to justify his continued detention, noting that
Paracha's family has a petition protesting his detention
pending in the Pakistan Supreme Court. Without some evidence
to support a longer detention, LTC Imran said, Pakistani law
would only permit his detention for three months. (Note:
Post will pursue the question of the GOP's ability to hold
detainees in custody with the MFA and other interlocutors.
End note.)



5. (C/NF) LTC Imran concluded by requesting that PolCouns
poll USG colleagues in Washington for agencies' views on
prompt repatriation of the Pakistani detainees. PolCouns
agreed to solicit interagency position, but warned that it
would be difficult to share these views frankly when the GOP
continues to leak stories proclaiming the detainees imminent
release to the local press. Stressing that the USG wants to
work with the GOP to resolve the GTMO cases, PolCouns noted
that this is a sensitive process that must take place
quietly, not in the newspapers, so as not to create inflated
expectations.



6. (C/NF) Comment: Post appreciates word that DOD is
prepared to move forward crisply with the repatriation of
certain Pakistani detainees (Ref C) and looks forward to
working with OSD, S/WCI and SCA on facilitating this process.
Post requests guidance from Department on next steps,
including interagency coordination and coordination with the
GOP of any press statements preceding or following the
repatriation.



7. (C/NF) Text of diplomatic note received August 29, 2006
responding to Embassy's note verbale of July 24, 2006 (Ref A):

(Begin text.)

No USA-2/16/06

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan presents its compliments to the Embassy of the
United States of America in Islamabad and has the honour to

acknowledge receipt of the Embassy's note dated July 24,
2006, which reads as follows:

(text of Embassy's July 24 note verbale)

The Ministry confirms that the Government of the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan shares the understanding reflected in
the Embassy's note and hereby provides the assurances
requested regarding access.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the
Embassy of the United States of America the assurances of its
highest consideration.

August 24, 2006

(addressed to) Embassy of the United States of America,
Islamabad.

(End text.)
BODDE

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