Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday demanded the government to review its decision regarding Pakistan-US relations, condemning the unanimous passage of the Parliamentary Committee of National Security’s (PCNS) resolution by the parliament.
Citing it as yet another example of the ‘muq muqa’ politics practised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML- N), PTI Chairman Imran Khan asked, “Of what benefit will this resolution be to the people of Pakistan who have seen over 40,000 of their fellow citizens dead in this US-led ‘war on terror’ as well as faced the loss of $50b in the last four years and seen Foreign Direct Investment dry up?”
Khan, in his statement, also demanded to know what had happened to the principle of “give peace a chance” which was the central part of the All Parties Conference’s (APC) Resolution passed unanimously by all the mainstream political parties of the country.
He reiterated that this new resolution was merely a continuation of making Pakistan play a mercenary role for the US and only the price for this had been jacked up. However, the money that would come would go into the hands of a few and would be of no benefit to the country, he added.
Khan further pointed out that it would cause more harm with an increase in terrorism again, more militancy, greater polarisation within the country and more economic destabilisation.
“The farce of reviving the Nato supply route for non-lethal goods will sustain the US war in Afghanistan as all Nato supplies are for their military’s sustenance and war effort against Afghanistan… PTI would not accept any restoration of Nato supply routes through the country as any supply going to Nato forces keeps the war prolonged as it supports the war effort. It is not simply a matter of money. It is a matter of extricating Pakistan from this war which is not Pakistan’s war at all and which has aggravated terrorism in Pakistan,” said the statement.
Khan said that it was “pathetic” to see Rehman playing his “usual game of simply upping his purchase price by declaring that his party would never allow any Nato supply route to be opened and then whimpering out and accepting the PCNS draft resolution”.
“The same was true of the N-League which made strong statements against Nato supply route and the US footprint in Pakistan including drones through Chaudhry Nisar and then submitted to the government’s will!”
Khan felt it was ironic that all these dubious compromises are made in the name of “national interest” when in fact they actually undermine the same.
Khan also pointed out the “shameful” manner in which the resolution asked for the US to review its drone policy rather than stating that Pakistan will not accept any attack on its territory.
Khan concluded by regretting how the parliament was being made to legitimise the Musharraf era by debilitating the Pakistan-US relationship rather than seeking to actually restructure the nature of the relationship.