US Policy: Shah for Convening Joint Session of Parliament

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Islamabad (August 30, 2017): Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah urged the government to call a Joint Session of Parliament over new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Speaking on the floor of the house, opposition leader criticized government for its foreign policy failures.

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He said that the government did not appoint a full-fledged foreign minister furing the last fours years, which led to the current situation.

He said: “We should ponder over why Trump threatens us. We should not hide facts from the nation.”

He added: “this is not the proper time to get emotional rather to ponders over our failure as why we are losing our importance.”

He said that today no one was happy from Pakistan and relations with those sharing borders with us were not cordial.

“Our foreign minister should have started today’s debate in the assembly,” he argued.

Shah also criticised Pakistan’s poor relations with most of its neighbours, saying “our neighbours hurl threats at us”.

The Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior leader came down hard on former ambassador Abdul Basit’s scathing letter to Pakistan’s envoy in US Aizaz Chaudhry.

“This is a failure of governance,” said Shah.

Earlier, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed addressed the assembly. He too criticised Basit’s letter, saying it was embarrassing to see news of it in the media.

He said the government should open backdoor diplomacy with the US.

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