ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has submitted to the Senate Secretariat an adjournment motion seeking an urgent debate in the house on regional and global challenges faced by Pakistan.

“Given the state of transition in regional and global affairs, Pakistan’s foreign policy is at a trajectory of facing multiple crises and frontline choices, especially with a government unable to use crucial parliamentary capital to move forward to secure Pakistan’s interests with clarity and unity,” reads the adjournment motion submitted by PPP’s parliamentary leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman.

Submits motion that says govt unable to forge unity

The motion says that from policy inaction on Kashmir to confusion over Palestine as well as multilateral opportunities it is missing in important global capitals such as Beijing and Washington, the challenges are mounting, both on the geopolitical and economic fronts, yet the government remains unable to build focus or command unity.

“Several difficult milestones imperil Pakistan in serious ways, and we demand an urgent debate on these issues by adjourning the regular business of the house. The matter is of urgent public importance and merits immediate attention as well as parliamentary oversight on government responses, which are either deliberately covertised or in a state of unprecedented strategic drift,” says the motion.

The motion has been submitted days after US presidential elections and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first visit to Kabul.

It also comes at a time when the United Arab Emirates has banned issuance of visas to Pakistani nationals amid reports that Islamabad is being pressurised to recognise Israel.

Published in Dawn, November 25th, 2020

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