Opposition parties are asking questions in the Pakistani Parliament regarding a bill introduced in the US Congress. Republican senators have called for a review of Pakistan’s role in the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan in this bill.
Sherry Rehman, leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party in the Senate of Pakistan and chairperson of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, has said that this is an anti-Pakistan bill and if passed, the way for economic sanctions against Pakistan can be prepared.
Rehman said that Pakistan is already in trouble after the departure of US troops from Afghanistan. In the US, 22 senators of the Republican Party have introduced this bill. Rehman said that whatever Pakistan is facing regarding Afghanistan, it has never happened before.
At the same time, Abdul Basit, who was Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, has said that Pakistan needs to worry about this bill. He said that if this bill is passed then there will be a difficult situation for Pakistan.
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Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan has been directly targeted in this bill. He said that anti-Pakistan sentiment is on the rise.
Sherry Rehman said that section 202 of the bill has named Pakistan and called for a review of the role played by the government of Pakistan and its non-state forces in helping the Taliban in Afghanistan. It also includes the matter of evaluation of the government of Pakistan between 2001 and 2021.
He said, “It has been clearly stated that the government of Pakistan has provided aid to the Taliban but it is disappointing that our Parliament is not at all proactive about it to collectively fight this allegation.”
On the proposed bill in the US Senate to investigate the role of Pakistan before and after the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Pakistani channel Geo News that the Republicans introduced this bill to put pressure on President Biden. has done. Qureshi said that anti-Pakistans are active in America and we know this very well.
Qureshi said that anti-Biden is trying to create pressure in the Congress. The Pakistani Foreign Minister said that the government of Pakistan has helped America at every step in the matter of Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister said that the Ashraf Ghani government of Afghanistan should be asked why they laid down their arms, and it is not the responsibility of Pakistan.
Qureshi said that India and other powers want to destabilize Pakistan and impose full accountability of Afghanistan as a burden on Pakistan.
Qureshi said that during his recent visit to the US, he had told Foreign Minister Antony Blinken that Pakistan would continue to provide aid to the US. Qureshi also said that an important US personality would soon visit Pakistan.
On the other hand, Pakistani Senator Sherry Rehman said, “Right now Pakistan needs to be united on the issue of foreign policy but the issue of Afghanistan was never debated in the Parliament of Pakistan. Now there is a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Joint meetings were held all over the world regarding Afghanistan, but the government of Pakistan refused to convene Parliament on this issue. Imran Khan’s government is neglecting the Parliament and the Constitution in order to set up its own set.
The proposed bill by US senators calls for a thorough investigation into the Taliban’s victory. It calls for sanctions against those forces who forced Ashraf Ghani to flee the country. This bill has been introduced by 22 lawmakers of the Republican Party.
- Does Pakistan need to panic?
Abdul Basit, who was Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, has expressed concern about the deteriorating relations with the US.
Abdul Basit said, “If this bill is passed in 108 days then it will be very difficult. The language used in the bill regarding Pakistan is very worrying. We have no lobby in America. No one is working on the challenge that is in America.
Basit said, “People in Pakistan are trying to save their posts. We know that relations between America and India are getting better, but this does not mean that we should leave our relationship thinking that.
Abdul Basit said, “It is a very difficult situation for Pakistan. Our Prime Minister should work seriously about this. If Pakistan does not bring good people to important posts, the situation will get worse. We need to come out of the joke now. Junior people are being sent in big missions. God forbid that this bill is passed. If the bill is passed it will be very difficult. I think Pakistan needs to panic now. There is a need to rethink Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Abdul Basit said that the people of Pakistan are still confused about how popular Imran Khan’s speech at UNGA was. Basit said that instead of watching the hits of the speech on YouTube, something concrete needs to be done.