NA adopts res­o­lu­tion re­ject­ing ‘hos­tile and threat­en­ing’ state­ments made by Trump

The Miracle - - Pakistan - Source: The Dawn

The Na­tional Assem­bly on Wed­nes­day passed a res­o­lu­tion re­ject­ing the “hos­tile and threat­en­ing” state­ments made by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump and Gen John W. Ni­chol­son — the top US com­man­der in Afghanistan. Dur­ing the NA ses­sion, For­eign Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif read out the res­o­lu­tion, which was ear­lier passed unan­i­mously by the lower house.The res­o­lu­tion cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jected Gen Ni­col­son’s claims re­gard­ing the ex­is­tence of the Tal­iban shura in Pe­shawar and Quetta.The NA also dis­ap­proved of the “un­ac­cept­able tar­get­ing of Pak­istan” by Trump in his speech while he an­nounced Wash­ing­ton’s new South Asia pol­icy. The res­o­lu­tion fur­ther re­jected Trump’s claim that bil­lions of dol­lars in aid have been spent on Pak­istan, stat­ing that Pak­istan’s econ­omy has suf­fered a loss of more than $123 bil­lion. The res­o­lu­tion also de­nounced the “dis­re­gard of the im­mense sac­ri­fices” made by Pak­istan in the war on ter­ror.The lower house con­demned Wash­ing­ton’s call for in­creased In­dian in­volve­ment in Afghanistan due to “[In­dia’s] known sup­port to ter­ror­ists and desta­bil­is­ing poli­cies in the re­gion”.The lower house saw the call for an In­dian role in Afghanistan’s de­vel­op­ment as “detri­men­tal to re­gional sta­bil­ity,” adding that it was premised on a “fail­ure to un­der­stand ex­ist­ing ground re­al­i­ties and chal­lenges in the re­gion .” Re­it­er­at­ing Pak­istan’ s sup­port for In­dia-held Kash­mir’s (IHK) strug­gle for self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, the lower house con­demned the “op­pres­sion” of the peo­ple of IHK by the In­dian state. Recog­nis­ing the sac­ri­fices of the armed forces of Pak­istan in the fight against ter­ror­ism, the house ex­pressed full sup­port for the counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions of the armed forces, Rangers and other law en­force­ment agen­cies.“As a re­spon­si­ble nu­clear weapons state, Pak­istan has in place a ro­bust and cred­i­ble com­mand and con­trol sys­tem which has been uni­ver­sally recog­nised,” the res­o­lu­tion as­serted. Call­ing Trump’s state­ment “hos­tile and threat­en­ing”, the Na­tional Assem­bly has also urged the Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan to ‘con­sider’ the fol­low­ing steps: The post­pone­ment of diplo­matic vis­its be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Islamabad Sus­pen­sion of co­op­er­a­tion with the US, specif­i­cally the pro­vi­sion of ground and air lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion through Pak­istan Draw and in­form the US of a blue­print for the dig­ni­fied re­turn of all Afghan refugees For­mu­late eco­nomic poli­cies to deal with any sit­u­a­tion aris­ing out of the ab­sence of US as­sis­tance Com­mence a diplo­matic ini­tia­tive, par­tic­u­larly in friendly coun­tries in the re­gion, to in­form them of Pak­istan’s counter ter­ror­ism strat­egy and suc­cesses and the reper­cus­sions in the re­gion of failed US poli­cies while re­it­er­at­ing Pak­istan’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to strengthen con­trol on bor­ders with Afghanistan and de­mand co­op­er­a­tion and sim­i­lar ac­tion from Afghanistan and ISAF The Na­tional Assem­bly has also ex­pressed con­cerns about in­creas­ing con­cen­tra­tion of ISIS and other ter­ror­ist net­works in Afghan prov­inces bor­der­ing Pak­istan and de­mand that Afghanistan, US and its al­lies close bor­ders for lead­ers of ter­ror­ist groups car­ry­ing out acts of ter­ror­ism against Pak­istan. Ad­dress­ing, the US and Afghanistan, it says Pak­istan seeks the elim­i­na­tion of all safe havens be­ing pro­vided to Tehreek-i-Tal­iban Pak­istan, Ja­maatul Ahrar and other ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions in Afghanistan from where ter­ror at­tacks are car­ried out against Pak­istan. The lower house has also called for the US, Nato and Afghan govt to en­sure that In­dia is de­nied use of Afghan ter­ri­tory to at­tack Pak­istan. The res­o­lu­tion con­cludes with a re­it­er­a­tion of a com­mit­ment to con­struc­tively en­gage with the US on the full spec­trum of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions based on the prin­ci­ple of rec­i­proc­ity and mu­tual re­spect. It also re­it­er­ates Pak­istan’s de­sire for peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan and urges the gov­ern­ment to con­tinue its ef­forts to strengthen its re­la­tions with the Afghan gov­ern­ment and sup­port ef­forts for peace.

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