Parliamentarians stand united against Trump's criticism

12:57 PM | 30 Aug, 2017
Parliamentarians stand united against Trump's criticism
ISLAMABAD - A unity was observed among lawmakers of the National Assembly on Wednesday against the accusations made by US President Donald Trump while announcing Afghan policy.

They showed unity in the National Assembly during its 45th session, besides calling for a joint session of Parliament to give a strong response to the US.

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan  slamming US President Donald Trump's accusations of providing shelters to terrorists said that cooperation with any country cannot be made at the cost of self respect.

He asserted while speaking in the National Assembly during its 45th session that all matters should be settled keeping in view the dignity of Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan was not responsible for the failure of US and its allies in the war-torn country, Afghanistan.

Nisar also lambasted Trump's claim of giving "billions and billions of dollars" to Pakistan, besides calling for audit of all America's aid to expose it.

Opposition leader Khursheed Shah said that Joint Session of Parliament should be called after Eid ul Azha, adding that the new US policy has huge significance regarding Pakistan.

He accused incumbent government of foreign policy 'failure' over the past four years due to not having a dedicated separate foreign minister.

PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi while speaking said that the government's decision to consult regional allies after Trump's speech was good, adding that the government should extend relations with Iran in prevailing situation.

Trump's Statement

US President Donald Trump, on August 21 unleashed his policy of ramping up pressure on Pakistan, a close ally of US, in a bid to fully implement the revamped Afghan war strategy.

Accusing Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos, violence, and terror" the tycoon-turned-president clarified to increase pressure on the country to stop any re-emergence of safe havens in order to gain regional peace, besides announcing increase of US troops in Afghanistan.

President Trump stated this in his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief while announcing a new strategy regarding Pakistan's neighbouring country, Afghanistan, where America landed with its troops after 9/11 attacks nearly 16 years ago, Monday night aiming at achieving a “lasting peace”.

He said, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond," adding, "Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan."