Finland has temporarily
closed its embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, the Finnish foreign
ministry said Monday.
The Finnish embassy has been closed because of the deteriorating security
situation in Islamabad, the ministry said.
The embassy is located close to the compound of the Red Mosque, which is
being held by Islamist militants in defiance of government orders to surrender.
The Pakistani government sent Monday a 13-member delegation to Lal Masjid
mosque in a bid to resolve peacefully the standoff between the government and
militants, a Pakistani TV channel reported.
Monday marks the seventh day of the standoff between Lal Masjid militants and
the government, which started Tuesday when students from the mosque snatched
arms and wireless sets from the police. Pakistani government officials confirmed
that 22 people have been killed and around 100 have suffered injuries in clashes