Lawmakers denounce Trump’s allegations; seek Parliament’s joint session

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ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly Wednesday strongly denounced the statement made by US President Donald Trump.

The MNAs were speaking on a motion moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid regarding the US President’s new strategy for South-Asia and Afghanistan and remarks about Pakistan.

They said the whole nation and all the political parties are united to safeguard the nation’s interests. They said Pakistan is a strong and courageous nation and Pakistanis know well how to defend their motherland.

They said the foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in view national interests and the changing geo-political situation.

PPP’s Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khursheed Shah, while addressing the house, suggested that a joint session of the parliament should be summoned to give a strong and clear message to Donald Trump.

He said the country remained without a foreign minister that weakened Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Addressing the house, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid urged the government to open a channel of backdoor diplomacy for talks with United States.

“We should open a backdoor channel for negotiations with US,” he said, urging the government to review its policies towards Washington.

Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said noose is being tightened around Pakistan in the region. He said the government should take Trump’s allegations seriously.

Nisar said US policies have failed in Afghanistan for which Pakistan is not responsible.

PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif rightly took the decision to visit China and Russia before heading to US, adding that the foreign minister should also visit Iran. – Samaa
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Story first published: 30th August 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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