Rabbani says Tillerson seems like viceroy, calls its statement ‘unacceptable’

  • Summons Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to appear before the Senate on Wednesday and inform about the "US demands"
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of Senate Raza Rabbani on Tuesday declared the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement about Pakistan ‘unacceptable.’

During a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday, Tillerson told the Afghan media that he will pressure Islamabad to take action on the support Taliban and other “terrorist organisations” receive in the country.

“His [Tillerson] tone and tenor are not acceptable,” the Senate chairman declared. “His statement came one day before his visit to Pakistan. It seems like a viceroy told Tillerson what to say [on his visit].”

He also summoned Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to appear before the Senate on Wednesday and inform him about the “US demands”. He said that the Parliament and Senate have been kept in the dark about the conditions that were laid down by the US.

He also suggested that Tillerson should read the resolutions and recommendations passed by the Parliament “so he knows what [Pakistan’s] reaction is.”

He arrived in Pakistan earlier in the day and held meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and other top officials.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Pakistan