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Pakistan refuses to interfere in Maldives' 'domestic affairs'

IANS  |  Islamabad 

has conveyed to the that would not interfere in the 's "domestic matters despite its opposition to the ongoing state of Emergency".

visited for three days (February 8-10) as a special envoy of to explain the current political turmoil in their country.

said on Friday that "firmly adheres to the policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries and will continue to adhere to the principles of the UN charter in this regard", the Express reported.

The significant development came as the reached out to "friendly countries" to garner support after the recent proclamation of Emergency by Yameen.

"Our government was vocal about condemning the proclamation of Emergency by former dictator in 2007 in Pakistan (mainly to tighten noose around the judges)".

"How can we support the proclamation of Emergency in the Maldives where the is also bearing the brunt?" said a close aide of Abbasi, requesting anonymity.

The daily quoted a source as saying that the invited the Pakistan to visit the Maldives but he "politely regretted" the invitation, saying it was not suitable to visit the country in the present circumstances, since such a step would be tantamount to supporting the emergency rule.

The archipelago made international headlines after its Yameen announced a 15-day state of Emergency last Monday and arrested the Supreme Court's top two judges and former

Yameen's move came in the wake of a ruling by the apex court on February 1 to "release" exiled former President and other high-profile prisoners.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:20 IST
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