Pak­istan must not sub­mit on Afridi is­sue

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Bof RITISH Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron has per­sisted with his stance

call­ing Don­ald Trump’s views on ban­ning en­try of Mus­lims into the United States as ‘stupid and wrong’, adding that he would not apol­o­gize to him even if Trump be­comes the US Pres­i­dent. But Trump also seems to be un­re­pen­tant as he con­tin­ues to threaten oth­ers con­vey­ing a clear mes­sage that he would im­pose his views on oth­ers if makes it to the White House.

The US Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, in his lat­est foul-mouthed re­marks has as­serted that he would en­sure re­lease of Dr Shakil Afridi from Pak­istani jail af­ter com­ing into power. He made these com­ments without re­al­iz­ing that these amounted to gross in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of an­other in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign coun­try. That is why In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch Nisar Ali Khan is­sued a be­fit­ting re­join­der re­mind­ing Trump that the fate of Shakil Afridi would be de­cided by Pak­istani courts and the Gov­ern­ment and not by Trump even if he be­comes Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent. He rightly told him that Pak­istan was a sov­er­eign coun­try and not a colony of the United States. We ap­pre­ci­ate the bold stance of the In­te­rior Min­is­ter but re­marks of Trump should not be seen in iso­la­tion as the US Con­gress too has been block­ing as­sis­tance to Pak­istan in a bid to pres­sur­ize Islamabad to re­lease Afridi, who is in pri­son on charges of high trea­son. Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion too has been pres­sur­iz­ing Pak­istan on this ac­count and there were also re­ports of pos­si­ble ex­change of Afridi with Dr Afia. All this is se­ri­ous in the back­drop of track US record of us­ing all types of machi­na­tions to get its agents re­leased. In fact, ev­ery­one knows the ex­treme to which the US went to get Ray­mond Davis re­leased from Pak­istan, who was fac­ing charges of mur­der­ing Pak­istani na­tion­als in broad-day­light. If the United States has its own na­tional in­ter­ests than it must be re­mem­bered that Pak­istan too has its own and there should, there­fore, be no com­pro­mise on the is­sue of Dr Shakil Afridi.


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