MPs for reframing foreign policy focusing ground realities


ISLAMAMABAD, Oct 06 (APP): Members of the parliament on Thursday called for reframing a strong foreign policy focusing entire gamut of factors to cope with the challenges the country was facing.

Resuming discussion regarding Kashmir issue in the Joint Session, Senator Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qayum said there was a need to forge unity which lent strength to a country that could help evolve a strong foreign policy.

He said we have to leave a rich legacy for our generation and work with dedication for the country’s socio-economic development.

He said there was a need to devise a strategy with regard to Kashmir issue, taking into account crucial factors like India’s attitude and international community’s role among other parameters.

He said there were two problems-Afghanistan and Kashmir issues in South Asia which needed an urgent solution to ensure a durable peace in the region.

He said the country’s foreign policy provided for non-aggressive attitude against any country and looking forward to good relations with neighbouring country. But India on the other hand, he added had never tried to have good relations with Pakistan rather it wanted to play hegemonic role in the region and its politics based on anti-Pakistan feelings.

Senator Lt. Gen ® Abdul Qayum said the United Nations should implement its own resolutions for resolving the Kashmir issue which had long been lingering and people had been offering sacrifices for their right to self-determination.

Syed Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said it was high time to carry out introspection of our foreign policy to rectify things and prudently move ahead while tackling national challenges.

He said war was not a solution to any problem and war may not be an option since both the countries were nuclear states.

He said the policy should reveal things clear, adding there was no difference between bad or good terrorists. He said in fact terrorist was a terrorist and dangerous to Pakistan.

He said there was a need to change our course and reinforce the diplomatic front of the country in order to effectively plead Kashmir issue which needed an urgent solution for achieving a durable peace in the region.

He said it was time to accelerate economic growth and utilize the resources judiciously to strengthen the country economically and launch development initiatives equally in all the provinces indiscriminately.

Ilyas Bilour of ANP said there was a need to make tangible measures for reviewing policies to successfully face the challenges, adding freedom struggle in Kashmir was purely indigenous and it should be resolved through peaceful means.

He said Afghan war spawned fundamentalists or state and non-state actors who had caused widespread devastation.

He said war was not a solution for resolving issues between Pakistan and India as it would cause death of millions of people across the borders.

Leader of the Opposition in Senate Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that Kashmir was a jugular vain of Pakistan. It was an international dispute and India has become frustrated owing to ongoing freedom movement in the occupied valley, he added.

He said that Indian forces were using pellet guns against the innocent Kashmiri people and score of people have become blind.

The Indian leadership was also raising questions over Indian surgical strike, he said.

He said water could not be weaponinzed and stoppage of water by India would be considered an act of war.

He said that India might herself involve in Uri attack in order to divert world community attention from Kashmir issue.

Ahsan extended unconditional support to the government for highlighting Kashmir issue on all international fora. However, he said the government should come forward for forging national unity.

He also advised media to remain cautious and avoid bashing statements.

He said the media should not create hype as both countries have nuclear capability and there was no threat of imminent war.

Mushahidullah Khan of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) said that Indian forces committed atrocities against innocent Kashmiris, however, the issues could not be resolved with mere use of force.

He said that India could not suppress the indigenous freedom movement in the occupied valley.

He lauded the Prime Minister for highlighting the Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly floor which reflected aspiration of the whole nation.

He said the Kashmiri leadership including Asiya Andrabi, Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Gillani also praised Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif publicly for his bold stance on the Kashmir issue.

He said the PML-N government re-invigorate the Kashmir issue again which was put on back burner by the military dictator.

He assured the Pakistani nation would continue moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people till achievement of their right of self-determination.

Col ® Tahir Hussain Mashahidi said “we are a proud nation,
we will not be subdued or bullied, the current situation in Kashmir is a matter of great concern.”

He said Indian forces were committing atrocities against
unarmed innocent Kashmiri people.

He said “Kashmir people had done no wrong ; they are
only asking for their fundamental and irrevocable right of self determination as enshrined in UNO resolutions.”

He said India had been denying this right with use of brute force against Kashmir people, adding there was still time for Indian government to look into ground realties and grant Kashmiris their right to self determination and stop use of barbaric force in the occupied valley.

He said Indian degrading treatment and its brutalities had to be condemned at all forums worldwide.

He said it was the responsibility of the government to highlight it the more efficiently, adding the Prime Minister had made excellent speech in the UN.

He said Indian intelligence agencies’ interference in
deteriorating situation in Balochistan could have been
highlighted more vigorously.

He said the joint sitting of the Parliament had to show complete unity to the world that entire nation was
united on Kashmir issue. Moreover, the sitting should
also covey a message that Parliament played important
role in democracy which offered solutions to current
challenges, he added.

He advised that there should not be point scoring to register a strong message on Kashmir and added entire Parliament was behind the government as far was Kashmir issue was concerned.

He said the country’s foreign policy should be reviewed as currently it was not yielding desirsed results.

He said there was a need to forcefully enounter Indian propaganda against Pakistan with all available means like media.

He also said the entire nation stood with the country’s army which was of one the well trained and best forces of the world.

He also underlined the need for taking tangible measures to ensure equal distribution of resources among the provinces.

Parliamentary leader JI Sahibzada Tariqullah said joint sitting had been convened on the request of the opposition which was a welcome gesture on the part of the government.

He said people, political parties and army were united against external threat or aggression.

He said Kashmir issue had been lingering on for seven decades and its people had been subjected to atrocities, adding Kashmir had become flashpoint as Indian forces were committing human rights violations.

He said though the government sent emissaries abroad
to highlight the Kashmir issue but members from the opposition were not included. However he added extensive efforts should be made to highlight the Kashmir issue abroad.

He said India had been prejudiced against Pakistan all along and wanted its hegemonic role in the region. He said it was denying the legitimate right to Kashmiri people as the same had been enshrined in UN resolutions.

He said India smugly claimed to have carried out surgical
strikes against Pakistan but it was exposed before the whole world, adding India had been lobbying against Pakistan so there was a need to effectively counter its heinous propaganda.

He also appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for
delivering a comprehensive speech, but he pointed out he could have informed the world about India’s interference by referring to its spy who was caught in Balcohistan.

He said people of Kashmir had been living under state
of curfew facing hardships, adding there were widespread rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Thus, he added, he was of the view that world human rights organizations should be apprised about grave human rights abuses to take notice.

He also said the prime minister could have mentioned
in his speech at the UN about agreement reached between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, but Bangladesh violated it and carried out execution.

He said war was not a solution to any issue but it should be clear that both the countries were nuclear states and war would cause destruction.

He urged the UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir issue, adding East Timor issue was resolved in short span of time, but it was dilly dallying when it comes to the Kashmir issue, adding it should be resolved in accordance with aspirations of people of the valley.

He also suggested that the government should impose ban
on Indian films screening in Pakistan.