The National Security Committee has decided to keep a robust defence posture to ensure national security in a challenging environment. This decision was taken in its 13th meeting held in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.  The Committee reviewed internal and external security situation and the threats and challenges to national security in the evolving regional and global context.  The Trump policy on Afghanistan and South Asia was also discussed in the meeting.

National Assembly rejects US President's remarks about Pakistan

The National Assembly adopts a unanimous resolution strongly rejecting US President Donald Trump's remarks about Pakistan in his policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.  The resolution moved by Minister for Foreign Affairs Khwaja Asif also rejects claims of NATO Commander in Afghanistan General Nicholson regarding existence of Taliban Shoora in Quetta and Peshawar.  Given India's known support to terrorism and its destabilizing policies in the region, the house condemned attempts by Trump Administration to provide more space to India in Afghanistan and considered it a move which is highly detrimental to regional stability and complete failure to understand existing ground realities and emerging challenges in the region. The resolution rejects US claims of giving billions of dollars in assistance to Pakistan.Pakistan's economy has suffered a loss of more than 123 billion dollars in this regard.  The resolution denounces complete disregard and lack of respect for Pakistan's immense sacrifices in countering terrorism.  The National Assembly acknowledges sacrifices of the security forces in their counter terrorism operations and expresses full support for counter-terrorism operations being conducted by the arms force of Pakistan along with the Rangers and Law Enforcement Agencies.  The resolution reiterated that as a responsible nuclear state Pakistan has in place a robust and credible command and control system which has been universally recognized.  Pakistan is not responsible for US failure in Afghanistan; US strategies of use of power and dialogue have failed in Afghanistan.

Analysts on Telephone 

Dr. A. Z. Hilali (IR Expert):

Since 2001, there has been a trust deficit between Pakistan and the United States. Donald Trump’s policy for Afghanistan has united civilian leadership, military establishment and civil society in Pakistan. All the stakeholders have stood together in the defence of Pakistan.  The recent American policy for Afghanistan has threatened national security of Pakistan and disturbed regional balance of power.  The senators and congressmen from within America have criticized Donald Trump’s foreign policy decisions. The United States has ignored Pakistan’s geographical position and ground realities in South Asia. Washington needs Pakistan cooperation to pull out of Afghanistan fiasco.

Sheikh Rohail Asghar (Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence):

The unanimous resolution in the National Assembly reflects feelings of common people of Pakistan. It is an open message to United States that we hate its policies and actions. Americans are realizing their mistake about electing Donald Trump as president of the country. His statements and policies are threatening America itself. Donald Trump’s information about American aid to Pakistan is not correct. Despite limited resources, we have fought a successful war against terrorism. Pakistan should stand united against American assertions.

Mehmood Bashir Virk (Leader, PML-N):

It is appreciable that all political parties have passed unanimous resolution against Donald Trump’s  anti-Pakistan remarks. The United States has never accepted military power and self confidence of people of Pakistan. The people of the United States have elected an incompetent and unpredictable person as their president. We have to stand firm against the US designs against Pakistan.  

Host: Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman

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