National Assembly proceedings: PTI, JI urge govt to shoot down drones

Other opposition MPs advise govt to avoid confrontation with US.

Our Correspondent November 07, 2013
Other opposition MPs advise govt to avoid confrontation with US. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Opposition lawmakers have said that the government should shoot down remotely piloted aircraft if the United States continues to violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Dr Shireen Mazari of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said that “the government, as a last resort, should target drones — as we’re capable of [shooting down these pilotless aircraft].”

“It’s a defining movement for the government to convey a louder message to the United States that drones are counterproductive and not acceptable to us,” she added.

Jamat-e-Islami MNA Tariqullah endorsed Dr Mazari’s views. “We should shoot down drones. We’re capable of doing this,” he said, recalling that a top military official once said that the military has the capability to shoot down drones, if the government orders so.

However, lawmakers from all political parties advised the government to avoid confrontation with the US and pursue the proposed peace plan with the Taliban.

Pakistan Protection Ordinance

The Pakistan Protection Ordinance could not be tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday and is now likely to be tabled on Thursday. Under the ordinance, law-enforcers will be able to enter and search any premises without warrants and the detained suspects will not be entitled to bail.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2013.


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TJ | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

If IK had won the election, Taliban would be in control of the nukes, and im sure India, Afghanistan, China and US would be facing consequences. And the biggest consequence would be face by PAKISTAN. Thank you for not voting For IK. Please try and refrain from doing so in KPK next time.

Rafiq | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend Stupid, Brainless politicians. Sick of them. Calling TTP stinking dead leader ( Shaheed ) who killed 50000 innocent people of Pakistan. Talking like robot DRONE, DRONE, DRONE. Why can't they say kill these animals and give peaceful and secure life to the people of Pakistan. I think its a blessing that Americans kill that animal. They should kill every TTP member. Look at stupid molana deisel What defination he is giving of Shaheed. ?It means all dogs killed in afghan war by American bullets are SHAHEED.What a joker he is?If somebody else said that he would have passed FATWA to kill.Shameless, coward politicians.
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