Khurshid Shah terms PM’s US visit fruitless, says it spoiled all hopes

KARACHI: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah Friday said that Prime Minister’s visit to US was fruitless and spoiled all expectations of the people.

Talking to media persons here, Syed Khurshid Shah said that masses were expecting much from this high profile visit but it went in as it turned into somewhat a private tour instead of official visit to deliberate on crucial matters with the US.

He said that there were three were three core issues including drone strikes, release of Dr Aafia Saddiqui and resolution of Kashmir dispute which must have been stressed during discussion but  there was no response from President Obama on any of those contentious matters.

The US instead of talking over the issues relating Pakistan, kept on advising it to normalize relations with India, stop ceasefire violation along Line of Control (LoC) and also pushed the demand of releasing Dr Shakil Afridi, he added.

Khurshid Shah criticized the Prime Minister for failure to forcefully present his view point before US administration and was of the opinion that Mr Nawaz Sharif adopted a defensive attitude despite the fact that Pakistan suffered immensely in supporting US led war on terror and for regional peace.

He said that it seems that PM team had gone to US without any prior preparations and consultations about the objectives of the visit.

The Opposition leader in NA said that Obama did not paid any heed towards the limited demands put forth by the Prime Minister and kept on pressing Pakistan to act according to US policy.

He said that US has also not given any assurance to halt drone strike and instead insisted that they were vital to tackle the menace of terrorism.