ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday objected few clauses in the recommendations put forward by the PCNS including that of presence of a foreign military base in the country, DawnNews reported.
Parliamentarians, belonging to different political parties, also stressed upon the government not to allow transportation of arms and ammunition to Nato forces in Afghanistan and urged the United States to stop drone attacks and respect Pakistan’s sovereignty.
During discussion on recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) in joint sitting of the parliament, members from across the isle unanimously voiced to keep Pakistan’s interests supreme and formulate an independent foreign policy.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) general secretary Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that drone attacks should not be allowed at any cost and Pakistan should take responsibility for protection of its territory.
About supply to Nato forces in Afghanistan, he categorically said that supply of ammunitions through Nato containers should be strictly banned while the government can talk to the United States regarding supply of other things.
Senator Sehar Kamran said all decisions regarding foreign policy and future engagements with the US and Nato should reflect will of the people of the country and must be taken with consensus.
Maulana Abdul Malik, MNA from FATA said all the political parties and parliamentarians should show unity and consensus on this important issue.
Speaking at a press conference here, Chaudhry Nisar said presence of a foreign military base in Pakistan, established during former president Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s era, was never objected by the current government.
Commenting on parliament’s policy over future terms of engagement with the US and Nato, the opposition leader said that he and his party have reservations over the clause regarding presence of a foreign military base in the country, along with some other clauses.
He also demanded to add the issues of Kashmir dispute and imprisonment of Dr Aafia Siddqui to the draft of recommendations by the parliamentary committee.
The party stalwart reiterated his concerns over implementation of resolutions passed by the parliament.