Six-member parliamentary conference has begun in Pakistan to debate the challenge of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity. The heads of parliament of Pakistan, China, Russia, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran are leading their respective delegations in the ongoing meeting with tight security in the Pakistani capital.
The chairman of the Senate or upper house of parliament of Pakistan, using a conference covered extensively by the media is to condemn what he calls the policies of US President Donald Trump who blames Pakistan for the failure of the United States in Afghanistan. Raza Rabbani goes on to denounce the Trump government for underestimating the sacrifices that Pakistan has made in the fight against terrorism.
"We saw two days ago that the American Vice President has gone too far to say he warned Pakistan. But the notification should be affirmed that Pakistan is a sovereign state and has no habit of receiving warnings from anyone, let alone from the United States, "Rabbani said.
He referred to the words of US Vice President Mike Pence during a speech before US troops when visiting Afghanistan Thursday. Pence says that Pakistan has long provided shelter to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.
"But the period of protection is over," Pence said. "President Trump has warned Pakistan. . . Pakistan will be very fortunate to partner with the United States and Pakistan will be very damaged if it continues to protect criminals and terrorists. "
The Pakistani government immediately responded sharply to Pence's condemnation, saying" allied countries do not warn one another "
American and Afghan officials allege that shelter in Pakistan has allowed the Taliban and its allies, the Haqqani terrorist network, to survive and expand insurgency activities in Afghanistan. [gp]