Aug 30, 2017, 5:15 PM
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Pakistan MP urges FM to visit Iran

Islamabad, Aug 30, IRNA – Senior Pakistani parliamentarian urged foreign minister of his country to visit Iran and consult the new US strategy on Afghanistan with Iranian official.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, also a former foreign minister of Pakistan, speaking in the National Assembly meeting today, said that Iran is an important country of the region and cannot be ignored.

He said while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's plan to visit China, Russia and Turkey for consultations on the new American policy is a good idea, the minister should also visit Iran, with whom both Pakistan and Afghanistan share borders.

He lambasted the strategy announced by US President Donald Trump for Afghanistan and South Asia.

'Trump said that Pakistan is not doing enough in the war against terrorism, but tell me one nation that has paid a higher price of this war,' Qureshi said.

'Our army, our police, even our own people, have lost their lives in this war; no other country can say they have done as much.'

He said Pakistan has always stood for peace and stability in Afghanistan because it knows that 'peace in Pakistan will not be possible without peace in Afghanistan'.

Also, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and a National Assembly member said Pakistan was not responsible for the failure of the US and its allies in Afghanistan.

Nisar also ridiculed Trump's claim that the US has paid 'billions and billions of dollars' to Pakistan, calling on the Pakistani government to put on the table the record of past 20 years to expose American claims.

'It's not billions of dollars, it is peanuts,' the former interior minister said while speaking in the National Assembly.

Nisar said that the Coalition Support Fund paid by US is for the services rendered by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

Khursheed Shah, another National Assembly member, proposed calling a Joint Session of Parliament so a 'strong' response can be given to the US policy. He termed the US President Donald Trump's new policy statement for Pakistan of 'huge significance'

Minister for information technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari said that whole nation is speaking with one voice against the new US policy for the region.

He said the war in Afghanistan has caused loss of 150 billion dollars on the economy of Pakistan in which almost 80,000 Pakistanis have also lost their lives.

Ahmad Khan Leghari added there has been no progress in Afghanistan since the 2001 and after 16 years of presence of foreigners in the country they are still facing the old problems.