Pak parliaments rejection of war-on terror may hurt ties with USOctober 24th, 2008 - 1:23 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad , Oct 24 (ANI): In a resolution overwhelmingly passed by the Pakistani Parliament late on Wednesday night, the lawmakers expressed serious doubts over Islamabad s continued commitment to America s military campaign against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban on Pakistani soil.
Though the resolution adopted is not binding on the Government even though it was a party to it, it might result in hampering Pakistan s ties with the US .
Most of the parliamentarians called for dialogue with extremist groups and an end to US military action.
The resolution also demanded the abandonment of the use of force against extremists, in favour of negotiation, in an urgent review of our national security strategy. Dialogue must now be the highest priority, as a principal instrument of conflict management and resolution. The military will be replaced as early as possible by civilian law enforcement agencies, The Guardian quoted the resolution as saying.
It also said Pakistan would pursue an independent foreign policy and, in a pointed reference to US military incursions into Pakistani territory, proclaimed that the nation stands united against any incursions and invasions of the homeland, and calls upon the government to deal with it effectively.
Since the beginning of September, there have been about a dozen US missile strikes inside Pakistan and a ground assault, thereby fanning widespread anti-Americanism in the country.
In the fierce debate in parliament most parliamentarians said that Pakistan was paying an unacceptable price for fighting America ‘’s war.
According to the paper, if implemented by the government, the new strategy might bring under severe strain support for Pakistan from international allies, and might also cause further instability to a country facing a spiral of violence and economic collapse.
Raza Rabbani, a leading member of the ruling PPP, said: We need to prioritise our own national security interests. As far as the US is concerned, the message that has gone with this resolution will definitely ring alarm bells, vis-a-vis their policy of bulldozing Pakistan .
Past attempts by Pakistan at making peace with militant groups in the tribal area have allowed them to regroup and led to a sharp increase in cross-border attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan . (ANI)
- India vows violent response in case of n-attack (Lead) - Jul 26, 2011
- India taking tough line against China: analyst - Apr 10, 2012
- Pak parliamentarians concerned about airspace violations by NATO - Nov 04, 2010
- End anti-Americanism, Clinton tells Pakistan (Second Lead) - May 27, 2011
- Ahead of Krishna visit, India, Pakistan MPs to talk peace, trade - Aug 22, 2012
- India, Pakistan MPs brainstorm on liberal visas, media role - Aug 23, 2012
- Pakistan, US to hold talks on new terms of engagement - Apr 17, 2012
- Comprehensive strategy needed in war against terror: Gilani - Jul 08, 2011
- Pakistani panel wants US to apologise for airstrike - Mar 20, 2012
- Obama's India trip could tip power balance: Pakistan officials - Nov 06, 2010
- India non-committal on Sri Lanka 'war crimes' (Roundup) - Mar 14, 2012
- Pak Parliamentary Committee on National Security wants anti-terror policy revamped - Jul 03, 2010
- 'Severing diplomatic ties can undermine Pakistan's interests' - Dec 19, 2011
- Snapping diplomatic ties not in our interest: Rabbani (Lead) - Dec 19, 2011
- Address accountability, US tells Lanka - Mar 22, 2012
Tags: abandonment, anti americanism, conflict management, economic collapse, extremist groups, ground assault, incursions, international allies, invasions, law enforcement agencies, military campaign, missile strikes, national security interests, national security strategy, new strategy, pakistani territory, parliamentarians, pointed reference, principal instrument, war on terror