Pak women legislators ask US to stop attacks in Tribal Areas

September 20th, 2008 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

New York , Sep 20 (ANI): A delegation of Pakistani women parliamentarians, now visiting the United States , has pleaded with US lawmakers and the Bush Administration to stop American attacks inside Pakistan and provide free trade opportunities to women.

MNA Azra Pechuho of the Pakistan Peoples Party said the US-sponsored Reconstruction Opportunity Zones in the tribal areas were specifically discussed during their meetings with Capitol Hill lawmakers.

These zones would play a major role in promoting long-term economic development in the region; Dawn quoted Pechuho, as saying.

We believe ROZs will provide the crucial economic component that complements our military and political strategies.

Tehmina Daulatana of the PML-N said she had bluntly conveyed the outrage of the people of Pakistan over repeated violations of Pakistan s sovereignty by American forces in Afghanistan .

I told our counterparts that Pakistan is our country and only we can resolve the problems, she said.

The terrorists, now reported to be operating in those areas, were not there before 9/11, she pointed out.

Daulatana said the Americans had told them that they worried about a repetition of 9/11 from that region. But what about Pakistan : we have 9/11 every day, she added.

She called for upholding Pakistan s dignity and said that self-respect demanded sacrifice. Pakistan is our country; lets make it strong.

Khushbakht Shujaat of the MQM said they had done their best to project a correct image of Pakistan . She said she completely agreed with what her colleagues had stated.

The delegation members also exchanged views with their counterparts on the situation in Afghanistan , the peace process with India , the Kashmir dispute as well as womens empowerment. (ANI)

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