Pakistan strongly responds to the President Trump's statement
National Assembly passes a unanimous resolution rejecting hostile and threatening statements against Pakistan made by US President and top US commander in Afghanistan
Members of the National Assembly strongly denounce the statement of US President Donald Trump, saying that the whole nation is on one page against the new US policy. Foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in view national interests and the changing geo-political situation. Pakistan is not responsible for US failure in Afghanistan. They call for a joint session of the parliament to give a strong and clear message to President Donald Trump. The members propose that Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly should write letters to their US counterparts for formulation of a committee consisting of Parliamentarians, diplomats and Military Personnel.
Senate unanimously passes a motion asking the government to launch a regional diplomatic initiative to coordinate responses to President Trump's new Afghan policy
The Senate has stressed the need for crafting a national policy paper putting forth Pakistan's narrative for US policy makers. Pakistan should also formulate its own South Asian policy that should be comprehensive as peace cannot be compartmentalized and segmented. India cannot be net security provider in the South Asian region given its conflictual relationship with all its neighbors. It also emphasizes augmenting efforts to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute, where Indian Human Rights violations know no bounds.
National Security Committee decides to keep a robust defence posture to ensure national security in a challenging environment
This decision is taken in its 13th meeting held in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. The Committee reviews internal and external security situation and the threats and challenges to national security in the evolving regional and global context. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Khurrum Dastgir Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Foreign Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, National Security Advisor, Director General ISI and senior civil and military officials.
Analysts on Telephone:
Dr. Pervez Iqbal Cheema (Expert on World/Defence Affairs)
Pakistan has rightly rejected US allegations, which are false and incorrect altogether. Pakistan has sacrificed in fight against terrorism more than any other country. It has achieved unprecedented sacrifices in this fight. US has failed in, both, winning war and negotiations in Afghanistan. It wants to use Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan.
Dr. Amna Mehmood (Expert on World Affairs)
This is an obvious response by leadership in Pakistan. Every American administration has worked on specific agenda and try to level baseless allegations on Pakistan. Pakistan has done everything in fight against terrorism. Pakistan should abandon its support to US in Afghanistan. However, it is part of diplomatic strategy to keep the doors open for negotiations. President Trump does not have any experience of politics and talks like a lay man.
Host: Hafiz Abdul Majid
Co-host: Ghulam Murtaza