Sep 302017

ISLAMABAD:   The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will soon table an adjournment motion in the National Assembly aimed at seeking an explanation from Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif for making “extremely controversial remarks” during his US tour. PTI MNA Murad Saeed will move the motion under Rule 109 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly. Speaking at the Asia Society Forum in New York, Khawaja Asif had said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif paid the political price for his peace efforts with India. Pakistan was offered to exchange Kulbushan Jadhav with APS attacker: Khawaja Asif   Terming the Haqqani network and Jamat-ud-Dawa’s Hafiz Saeed as liabilities for Pakistan, he urged the US to give Pakistan some time to get rid of them. The draft of the motion to be tabled by the PTI states: “The routine business of the House should be adjourned to make the minister explain (why) he took a position contrary to the national policy dealing with terrorism.” The motion also seeks explanation from the minister on why he had mentioned different causes for Sharif’s disqualification than what the court had written down in its judgment. With Khawaja Asif as foreign minister, who needs enemies: Imran Khan “Why his remarks on Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification should not be taken as the product of a well-thought-out scheme of causing irreparable damage to critical state institutions (such as) the judiciary,” the motion stated. It also wants the foreign minister to explain why Asif did not apprise [Read More…]

Sep 292017
Fall out

While refusing to take the blame for Haqqani Network and other alleged militant outfits, Pakistan has reminded the US that these ‘terrorists’ were considered the ‘darlings’ of the White House until a few decades ago. That is the inherent problem with being someone’s darling, you fall out one day. Dr Irfan Zafar (Canada)

Sep 272017

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in a sitting with the Asia Society, held in conjunction with the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York, ‘reminded’ the US that the “Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeeds” were the US’ “darlings” just 30 years ago. “The US has had a major role in Pakistan and Afghanistan’s ‘burning’ even after [the passage of] 30 years,” the minister maintained as he lashed out at US’ accusations that Pakistan harboured terrorism. “For us the most challenging task was to put our house in order,” Asif added. US ‘militaristic approach’ has failed: Khawaja Asif “Pakistan has suffered grievously from conflict and instability in Afghanistan. Unless this cycle is reversed, we would continue to bear the brunt. No country has a larger stake in seeing peace return to Afghanistan than Pakistan.” He further reiterated his statement saying, “Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate. There’s no military solution for Afghanistan. Pakistan in its past has done all it could to facilitate a political settlement.” Referring to the war in Afghanistan and the incessant blaming, Asif said that it was a collective mistake but the US shouldn’t have left the way it did way back in the 90s. “You thought the cold war is over, we are the sole super power so we don’t have to bother about Pakistan or this region they can go to hell and that is what happened, we went to hell and we are still burning in that hell,” he remarked. “You must give [Read More…]