SUKKAR: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah on Tuesday weighed in on Pakistan’s foreign policy and remarked that it failed to make an impact.
Shah, who was speaking to media in Sukkur said that Pakistan has been fighting terrorists from the start, yet it is being called a ‘terrorist’ state.
“Now, the failure of foreign policies has come to the forefront,” said Shah while claiming that the PPP has stated repeatedly that there was a desperate need for a foreign minister in the PML-N government.
Speaking about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shah said that Nawaz had earlier said he will accept the verdict of the court. However, now Nawaz is backtracking from his statement, he added,
Shah claimed that the PPP has worked tremendously to improve the lives of people in Sindh. “People’s incomes witnessed a 125 per cent increase under the PPP government,” said the leader of the opposition.
On Sunday, Shah had said that Pakistan has paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism while addressing an Eid gathering in Sukkur.
“Pakistan has been fighting terrorism from the start. We need to remind the world regarding Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism,” remarked the PPP leader.
About 20,000 soldiers and 60,000 civilians have lost their lives in the fight against terrorism, he pointed out.
“We need to think why the United States is always threatening Pakistan,” he claimed.
Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) submitted on Tuesday an adjournment motion in the National Assembly over the “brutal killings and torture of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.”
“The recent atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have highlighted a grave humanitarian issue,” it said in the statement addressed to the Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Myanmar rights group said the systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Myanmar and not confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing.
The PPP drew the attention of the lawmakers towards the “mass gang-rape, killings, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by the security forces of Myanmar in its numerous reports.”
It noted that thousands of Rohingya refugees had fled to Bangladesh, while 20,000 were still stranded on borders in the wake of recent clashes.
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The statement went on to add that the “satellite images of recent atrocities on Rohingya in Myanmar were appalling and a disgrace to humanity.”
“We would urge the government to condemn this massive genocide of Rohingya on international forums and discuss this issue in the Parliament to develop a policy [in this regard] which reflects the sentiments of the nation.”
On Monday, Pakistan called for an end to the ‘systematic’ and ‘organised’ violence against Muslim minority residents of the Rakhine state. It came as Muslim leaders across the world condemned Myanmar for the violence as well as the conspicuous silence of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the issue.