"The discriminatory policies of Trump are going to damage American interests"- U.S Based Analysts
President Trump’s announcement of extreme vetting of visa applications of Pakistanis is discriminatory.
Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. In a recent interview, President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, said that 'It's going to be very hard to come in' for immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, countries which did not make the list of the seven whose immigrants were banned by Trump. Trump said, “We’re going to have extreme vetting in all cases. And I mean extreme. And we're not letting people in if we think there's even a little chance of some problem". "We are excluding certain countries. But for other countries we're going to have extreme vetting. It's going to be very hard to come in. Right now it's very easy to come in. It's going to be very, very hard. I don't want terror in this country," he added.
Host: Dr. Shafiq Ur Rehman
Analysts on Phone:
Ayaz Wazir- Former Ambassador
In his election manifesto, Trump stated that he will further harden visa policy. It is discretion of any country to issue visas to others. We are a sovereign and respectable country and our people should not rush to America unnecessarily. His policies are being criticized by Americans themselves. If Pakistan pulls back from Afghanistan issue, America will not be able to handle this fiasco. We should respond in the same way as America does to us.
Nadeem Yaqub-Voice of America
Donald Trump’s statement about Pakistan is not a new thing. Historically, Pakistanis have been passing through strict checking. Already, Pakistanis fill a separate form on airports. Trump has started implementing his election manifesto. People coming Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will pass through a strict scrutiny. Muslims in America will have to get through a registration. Americans are giving diverse response to Trump’s statement about believing in torture. Only time will tell what his actual policies are.
Muhammad Atif-Voice of America
Trump’s statement about Muslims is opposed from within America. Visa policy for Pakistanis and Afghanis can be further made strict. He is trying to implement his election manifesto. This visa restriction is not a new thing in America. In fact, I had to pass through the same process and got registration. There was an Afghani in America living on Pakistani passport, who killed may people in a night club. So, they have further strengthened their policies. We should meet those Muslims who campaigned for Donald Trump.
Dr. Ashraf Toor- Analyst from America
We strongly condemn the statements made by Donald Trump. From the forum of our organization, we are planning to write a letter of condemnation to the president. We thought that he will be a good president for America but his statements are proving otherwise. He is going to damage American interests. He is threatening indigenous Americans as well. His approval rate has gone down right after his oath drastically. Such statements can cause problems for Donald Trump himself as well.
Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema- IR Expert
Apparently, it looks like Trump will further delay issuance of visas to Pakistanis. Ultimately, he has to work with American establishment. He will follow American hardcore national interests. He has talked about visa restrictions for other Muslim countries as well. It is too early to say that he will prove better president for America or not.