ISLAMABAD: Impressing upon fellow lawmakers that he is firmly against reopening the Nato supply route, with or without conditions, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief walked out of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) meeting on Thursday.
Fazl said neither his party, nor the entire religious right, is ready to accept the decision of reopening the Nato supply route. If the government wants to go ahead with that, the reaction woulkd be “worse than expected,” he said.
Fazl, and some other committee members, also expressed their reservation over the announcement of $10 million bounty on Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.
The members deplored the ‘timing’ of the decision and said the US is still not interested in respecting Pakistan’s sovereignty, which is highly regrettable.
Earlier, chairman of the all-party, bicameral PCNS Senator Raza Rabbani welcomed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) representatives back to the committee proceedings.
The PML-N had boycotted the committee’s sessions in protest against the recent fuel price hike.
Other committee members also lauded the prime minister for his initiative to call PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and convince him to rejoin the PCNS proceedings.
Sardar Mehtab of the PML-N, however, walked out from the proceedings later, protesting against the petroleum price hike. PML-N’s Senator Ishaq Dar, who is an active participant of the PCNS, was not present during Thursday’s meeting either.
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