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As protests grow, the ban provokes crisis- raises strong opposition from within the country and from the outside

A day after US President Donald Trump ordered no-visa policy for seven Muslim states, a White House official hinted that the ban could be extended to other countries, including Pakistan. In response to a question during his interview to CBS News, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said: “You can point to other countries that have similar problems like Pakistan and others – perhaps we need to take it further”. But was also quick to add that “for now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries.”

Aftermath of the Executive Order

Travelers were stranded around the world, protests escalated in the United States and anxiety rose within President Trump’s party on Sunday as his order closing the nation to refugees and people from certain predominantly Muslim countries provoked a crisis just days into his administration. The White House pulled back on part of Mr. Trump’s temporary ban on visitors from seven countries by saying that it would not apply to those with green cards granting them permanent residence in the United States.

Program Incharge: Bilal Khan Mahsud

Host: Dr. Shoaib Ahmad

Analysts Live on Phone:

Dr Farhat Haq (Expert on World Affairs from USA)

 

"It simply shows Mr Trump cruel policies for Muslims. He does not know the importance of his chair. Pakistan and America should work together to establish peace in the region. The entire world is confused about Trump policy. Such irresponsible statements will affect Pak-US relations in the future".

Dr Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert)

"The statement of Trump’s advisor will affect the future of US. I think it’s a high time for OIC to think over the unity of Muslim Umah. Pakistan should respond in the same vogue as if US impose ban on us because the whole world acknowledged our sacrifices in war against terror".

Fauzia Nasreen (Former Ambassador)

"America is going towards isolation. Trump should review his policy about Muslim countries because we saw the criticism across the world.  Interaction with others is very important for bright future. Donald Trump is basically a businessman by profession and it will take time that how diplomatically you tackle the whole world as Super power".

Dr Rasool Bukhsh Raees (IR Expert)

"Banning travelers from seven Muslim countries to the US is tantamount to provide fuel to extremism. Such selective and discriminatory acts will strengthen the radical narratives of extremism. Trump does not believe in freedom of speech as we saw his recent tweets about US media. It’s a golden opportunity for the Muslim Umah to stand together and convey a strong message of unity, but unfortunately some of them are coward and they will not go for it".


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