Rabbani asks govt to reassess, re-evaluate Pakistan’s foreign policy

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Raza Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senator Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday asked the leader of house in Senate to a motion for convening a meeting of the committee of the whole House for discussion on Pakistan’s foreign policy.
In a statement, the former chairman Senate said the government needed to “reassess and re-evaluate” the foreign policy of Pakistan, adding that this should be done in consultation with the relevant stakeholders and recommendations should be formulated.
Rabbani said that the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs should also formulate its own recommendations after a “thorough debate”.
He added that the recommendations of the committee and the NA standing committee should be presented before a joint sitting of parliament, where he said, they should be considered and “if so required, experts and stakeholders may be asked to appear for their inputs before a comprehensive document of recommendations is adopted by the joint sitting”.
According to Rabbani, the “recent shift in foreign policy alignment doesn’t seem to have borne fruit” as the Abu Dhabi declaration of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in its 50 points did not talk about Indian aggression against Pakistan.
He added that resolutions that were passed with reference to “Indian terrorism in Kashmir” were sponsored by Pakistan.

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