Would any sovereign country allow another country to have a military base on its land, questioned Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Nisar said the presence of a foreign military base in Pakistan, established during Pervez Musharraf’s government, was never objected to by the present government.
Commenting on the resolution of parliament’s policy over future terms of engagement with the US, Nato and Isaf, Nisar said that he and his party object to the clause regarding the presence of a foreign base in the country, along with some other clauses.
“Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other stakeholders also agreed with my point and said this is doable,” he added.
Nisar further said many other clauses of the resolution were very good for the country and should be implemented.
He, however, said that the problem is not with passing this resolution but with its implementation.
“We agree with the resolution wholeheartedly but we are only concerned about its implementation,” Nisar said, adding that many such resolutions have been passed in the past but they are not implemented yet.
Criticising media for presenting him as a hindrance in the way of this resolution, Nisar said he is only against the humiliation of Pakistan and not the resolution.
“We want guarantee that this resolution will be implemented,” he reiterated.
Nisar added that “people who are criticising us now for causing delay, will criticise us again when the parliament will fail to implement it.”