US operation: Govt’s ‘ambiguous’ stance on Osama questioned by senators

Published: May 4, 2011
JUI-F, JI and PPP lawmakers say US operation against Pakistan’s sovereignty .

JUI-F, JI and PPP lawmakers say US operation against Pakistan’s sovereignty .

JUI-F, JI and PPP lawmakers say US operation against Pakistan’s sovereignty . JUI-F, JI and PPP lawmakers say US operation against Pakistan’s sovereignty .

Members of the Senate have questioned what they called the government’s “ambiguous” stance over Osama bin Laden’s killing, saying the authorities have not responded despite their constant demands.

“Pakistan is a sovereign country and we will not allow international forces to come in and conduct such operations on our soil,” said Senator Ismail Buledi, of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, speaking in the Senate on Tuesday.

Speaking on a point of order, Buledi, who also recorded a token walkout on another issue, pointed out that Pakistan is not a US colony. “It is an independent country and enjoys the status of an atomic power,” he said.

Jamaat-e-Islami’s Professor Khurshid said that the incident will pave way for the US and its allies to attack Pakistan and fulfil their nefarious designs in the region. “No one knows about Islamabad’s policy statement on the issue despite the lapse of two days,” Khurshid said.

“International institutions have no right to stick their noses into the parliamentary affairs of Pakistan,” said Pakistan Peoples Party’s Raza Rabbani, referring to an anonymous letter written to the prime minister seeking an amendment in a clause related to the Food Support Programme.

Awami National Party’s Zahid Khan expressed deep concern over the Supreme Court’s verdict, dismissing recommendations made by the parliamentary committee on the appointment of judges.

“It is disrespectful for parliament when its decisions are rejected. Parliament is supreme and its decision should be implemented in letter and spirit,” Khan said.

Responding to various points of order, Leader of the House Nayyer Hussain Bukhari told the lawmakers that Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan will brief the house about Bin Laden’s death.

Meanwhile, Buledi said that the Iranian government was ready to provide 50MW of electricity to Makran but the government was dithering to sign the agreement.

On this point, Senate Chairperson Farooq H Naek assured him that the minister for water and power will brief the house on the issue.

Senator Ilyas Bilour, speaking on a point of order, demanded that the Sindh government resign as it had failed to protect Pakhtun drivers, who saw 27 of their buses burnt in a single day.

Raising the issue of the deplorable law and order situation in Balochistan, Senator Rehmatullah Kakar said that people in Quetta avoided travelling by road to Sindh via Khuzdar and Sibi due to security reasons. “Mutilated bodies are being recovered in Balochistan every day,” he said.

Naek adjourned the session till 11am today (Wednesday).

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Asmat Jamal
    May 4, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Jamaat-e-Islami’s Professor Khurshid has stolen the mandate of people of Pakhtunkhwa. He does not belong to Pakhtunkhwa but is representing it. He has never spent the funds released to him in pakhtunkhwa but has shifted it to projects in Lahore( Mansura) and some to Karachi.
    Will some one make him accountable for misusing the funds of Pakhtunkhwa???Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    May 4, 2011 - 1:34PM

    Jamaat-e-Islami’s Professor Khurshid was elected a senator on the seat from Pakhtunkhwa though he does not represent the people there. He neither belongs to Pakhtunkhwa nor does he sympathise with them. He as a matter of fact has stolen the mandate of the people. The development funds alloted to him were spent in Lahore (Mansura) and some in Karachi. I would request his party to sack him and refund the money to people of Pakhtunkhwa.Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 8:45PM

    First drone attacks and aftermath operation on Osama Bin Laden
    is enough t open our eyes that US don’t care of our sovereignty ,
    shouldn’t too depend on it ,any time this ally did more,the same would be

    At last, what is our goal or destination it needs to set.

    It is the duty of democratically elected government of Pakistan
    clear the situation to the nation whether it was done with the consent of

    Pakistani authority .Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 8:56PM

    United States of America
    is a only super power of the world,
    it will violate the sovereignty of every country
    and international fundamental principle including the United Nations.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 5, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Since when has it been any concern to US as to what this House says or thinks???Recommend

  • JD
    May 6, 2011 - 8:47AM

    Pakistans sovereignty should be respected just like another country, but if my country hid terrorists Like Pakistan obviously does my expectations of that actually happening would be very slim.Recommend

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