NA body slams hostile statements by US President and Gen Nicholson


ISLAMABAD, Sep 05 (TNS): Minister for Defense Khurram Dastgir on Tuesday said that Pakistan has no ‘safe haven’ for terrorists on its soil, as he rejected the declaration naming terrorist groups in the region by leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit in China on Monday.

“We reject the declaration released by member countries at the BRICS Summit,” he said during a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defense.

“40% of Afghanistan is a safe haven for terrorists,” he said later while talking to the media.

“Pakistan has taken action against all groups on its soil and only the remnants of some are left,” he added.

Citing a report by the US Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, Dastagir said of the 407 Afghan districts, only 57% are under their control.

“The foreign minister will consult regional partners and then proceed to the US,” he said when asked of Pakistan’s plan following US President Donald Trump’s recent ‘anti-Pakistan’ comments.

This will result in better engagement as we want to resolve all matters peacefully since any American action in Pakistan will cause instability, he added.

In response to a question, the defense minister said strict surveillance is being conducted of Pakistan’s ground, aerial and naval borders, adding that the country faces no danger of foreign aggression.

On the humanitarian crisis facing Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Dastgir said the issue is being reviewed and a policy will soon be announced on the matter.

The minister further told that Pakistan’s defense is in strong hands, and unnecessary threats are being raised after US President Donald Trump’s statements against Pakistan.

Dastgir stated that any wrong step of America can take this region towards instability. He also let it be known that Pakistan will soon clarify its policy regarding Rohingya.

Meanwhile the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defense which met today under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. took strong exception and strongly condemns the hostile and threatening statement made by the US President Donald J. Trump and Gen John W. Nicholson the top US commander in Afghanistan against Pakistan.

In a resolution, the Committee rejects the claim of the US president regarding Pakistan’s safe haven for terrorists as 40% area of Afghanistan is not under the control of the Afghan Government. The Committee further rejected Trump’s claim that billions of dollars in aid have been spent on Pakistan, stating that Pakistan’s economy has suffered a loss of more than $123 billion in the war against terrorism.

The Committee also strongly condemned the massacre of Burmese Muslims at the hands of the Myanmar Government and urged the United Nations and International Community to condemn the massacre of the Burma Muslims and play their role in preventing the atrocities of the Muslims of Burma.