Pak parliament, military, govt issue joint resolution in response to new US strategy
By Khaama Press - Thu Aug 31 2017, 4:10 pm
The resolution was passed amid growing frustrations among the Pakistani politicians following the hard stance adopted by President Donald Trump, mainly regarding the persistent support the terror groups receive in the country.
The resolution rejected the remarks of President Donald Trump and the US commander General John Nicholson regarding the leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Pakistan.
The Pakistani lawmakers are saying that no leadership councils of Taliban are located in Peshawar and Quetta cities.
Other points included in the resolution are the rejection of hundreds of billions of dollars aid provided to Pakistan as claimed by the US officials.
The Pakistani lawmakers have said the country has suffered $123 billion loss in the fight against terrorism besides 70,000 people suffered casualties.
The Pakistani authorities also called for the postponement of high level officials travel between the two countries besides calling for the elimination of the alleged terror safe havens in Afghanistan, set up of a timetable for the return of the refugees, and taking steps to stop the influence of India in Afghanistan as they allege that India is using the Afghan soil to carry out attacks in Pakistan.
The US President Donald Trump unveiled the new US strategy last week outlining the approaches for Afghanistan and South Asia as he harshly criticized Pakistan for harboring the terrorist groups besides he vowed continued support to Afghanistan and war against terrorism.
President Trump said “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.”
He said the next pillar of the new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan, emphasizing that we can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond, emphasizing that Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.