MNAs denounce Trump’s statement regarding Pakistan, South Asia


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ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly on Wednesday strongly denounced the statement made by US President Donald Trump and said that the whole nation is on one page against the US new policy.

They 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 that 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.

They said that a joint session of the parliament should be summoned to give a strong and clear message to Donald Trump.

The Members said that Pakistan is not responsible for US failure in Afghanistan.

They said that US strategies of use of power and dialogue have failed in Afghanistan.

The members categorically rejected US President’s blame of safe heavens of terrorists in Pakistan.

They said that national narrative against terrorism should be changed.

The members proposed that Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly should write letters to their US counterparts for formulation of a committee consisting of Parliamentarians, diplomats and Military Personnel.

They said this committee should give a strategy to end the allegation of safe heavens once and for all.

The members said Pakistan has always been articulating peace and stability in Afghanistan. They said peace in Afghanistan is in the best interests of Pakistan.—Radio Pakistan