Britain providing ‘safe abode’ to Altaf Hussain, Baloch dissidents: Janjua

Published: April 4, 2017

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua said on Tuesday that the Britain is ‘unfortunately’ providing a ‘safe abode’ to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain and some dissident Baloch leaders.

“It is unfortunate that the United Kingdom preferred individuals such as Altaf Hussain and Baloch leaders over the state relationship,” Janjua remarked during a meeting with a seven-member British Parliamentary delegation, who is presently on a visit to Pakistan.

According to an official handout, the delegation specially raised the matter of the MQM supremo, ties with India, Kashmir dispute and Modi’s threat to stop water for Pakistan.

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Referring to India, the NSA explained how the fragile security architecture of the region is fast becoming under stress and has started to suffer of serious imbalance.

Janjua also urged the British government to have a balanced regional approach as the imbalance in the region is becoming critical which needs to be retrieved and restored immediately.

Subsequently, he apprised the delegates of a greater and brighter future which Pakistan holds by providing largest geo-strategic connectivity to the world.

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Besides discussing regional and global issues significant for the two countries, the visiting team exchanged views on matters pertaining to further enhancing the bilateral cooperation.

The NSA said Islamabad highly values its relationship with the UK which has a strategic character. Janjua stressed the need for further improving the understanding between the two nations to further strengthen the ties and explore more areas of cooperation.

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The members of delegation sought the opinion of the National Security Adviser on many serious issues and challenges faced both by the two governments.

The NSA briefed them at length about the rise of extreme thought, extremism, conflict in the Muslim world, rise of the Islamic State (IS), resilience and sacrifices of the Pakistani nation, seeking closure of overall conflictual situations in the region and world.

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The matters which also came under discussion include control and restraints of social media to curb spread of extremism and implementation of national action plan.

The leader of the visiting delegation said the UK understands and acknowledges the role of Pakistan against terrorism.

The delegates also appreciated the resilience of Pakistani nation against terrorism and urged a desire to strengthen and diversify relations with Pakistan to face the challenges of future together.

The delegation, comprising ruling Conservative Party MPs, included Rehman Chishti, Nigel Huddleston, Mark Pawsey, Henry Smith, Matthew Offord and Royston Smith who also called on Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • BrainBro
    Apr 4, 2017 - 11:00PM

    This only means that the Britain’s intelligentsia believes, that Pakistan as a state, may not exist in the future; therefore, it would be wise of them to protect the separatist movement leaders.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 4, 2017 - 11:30PM

    you indian, do u have anything better than do in your life than to keep insulting Pakistan?
    how does it feel to be surrounded by friendly loving neighbours like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka? you wait…..just like your myth of a United India, your myth of India being a secular and powerful country will come crashing down.
    now go back to the call centre you are taking a break from!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 5, 2017 - 12:34AM

    Let us also not forget that Britain also turns a blind eye to the very expensive London properties our leaders buy and do not even question the source of the funds. So I doubt anything will happen on this score….except a lot of noise will be made.Recommend

  • Humanoids
    Apr 5, 2017 - 12:39AM

    NSA Janjua, Sir you gotta get him back or tell the British ambassador that our diplomatic ties are off. Else giving such stupid statements makes zilch of a difference.Recommend

  • Sexton
    Apr 5, 2017 - 12:55AM

    I do not wish to comment on Pakistani people who may or may not be acceptable, but if the UK is involved nefarious activity could well be on the go.. Recommend

  • Sunil
    Apr 5, 2017 - 12:58AM

    @Faisal Truth is very bitter. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 5, 2017 - 1:15AM

    ‘May not exist’ .. any decent think tank would cover both eventualities if there was a ‘may not’ involved, what you’ve so myopically wished for can only come oppressed commoners. Take Faisal’s advice, international affairs is clearly not your forte.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 5, 2017 - 5:17AM

    They used to say something similar for Mujeed as well.Recommend

  • cautious
    Apr 5, 2017 - 5:41AM

    What exactly is the UK suppose to do with Hussain – what law has he broken? It’s not against the law to use harsh language against the govt/judiciary/military in the UK.Recommend

  • Alien1
    Apr 5, 2017 - 8:38AM

    It is good that Britain protects these freedom fighters from the tyranny of the pakistani state.Recommend

  • Z A Bhutto
    Apr 5, 2017 - 9:21AM

    And what do you propose, General Sahib? That they be handed over to you?Recommend

  • numberrsnumbers
    Apr 6, 2017 - 1:19AM

    Second Try!
    Any comparison to Pakistan providing ‘safe abode’ to Quetta Shura the past 15 years?Recommend

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