Senate sees hectic debate on foreign policy

That Pakistan has always made its best efforts to have better relations with the USA but it is unfortunate that America has never responded us properly. He said time has come that the government should maintain relations with major powers keeping in view the present scenario and our national interest to protect national sovereignty.

About the US nuclear agreement with India, he said it could create imbalance but Pakistan is determined to maintain credible nuclear deterrence.

Referring to war on terrorism, Dr. Sher Afgan said Pakistan is engaged in this war for its own interest to ensure peace and security in the country and it has contributed in this war more than any other.

He also criticised Pakistan specific US legislation and called for withdrawing it if the USA is sincere to promote its ties with Pakistan.

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The Minister also criticised statements of the US presidential candidates to target holly places of Muslims and proposing unilateral attack inside Pakistan and demanded the US government to take serious note of these irresponsible statements.

Taking part in the debate, Abdur Rahim Mandokhail said that Pakistan should review its policy regarding war on terrorism and should adopt a policy keeping in view the national interest and ground realities.

Professor Khurshid Ahmed called for to review and change of Pakistan’s foreign policy which should be based on sovereign equality. He said to live with dignity and honour, the fundamentals of our foreign policy should be security, independence and safeguards of our strategic interests.

Nisar A. Memon appreciated Pakistan’s foreign policy and said it has helped improve our image at international level. He said there is need to bring new changes in the foreign policy in the prevailing situation to face the challenges. He said as a result of our successful foreign policy, India is engaged with Pakistan in dialogue process for the resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute.

Muhammad Azam Khan Swati said the United States is not a reliable friend. He emphasized that Pakistan should take independent decisions in policy making and should not be dependent upon the US or other powers.

Chaudhry Muhammad Anwar Bhinder said our foreign policy has been framed according to national interests and is moving on right directions. He said the government has given special attention to the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people for durable peace in the region.