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Lawmakers demand vibrant foreign policy to protect national interests

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Published: February 18, 2016 03:28 pm

Opposition walks out from senate

ISLAMABAD: The lawmakers in the Upper House of the Parliament have demanded the government to formulate foreign policy keeping in view national interests at top priority.

Speaking on motion under Rule 218 regarding the foreign policy of Pakistan in year 2015 during 6th sitting of 122nd session of Senate, the lawmakers emphasized to devise foreign policy as per national interests of the country. They were of the view that foreign policy has failed to achieve diplomatic goals internationally and there is a need to shape it in the light of national interests.

The mover Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian Senator Sehar Kamran said that it is the right time to evaluate the foreign policy of Pakistan. She said that Pakistan-US strategic dialogue was a new development in year 2015 and evidences of Indian involvement in terrorism activities in Pakistan need to be highlighted before the comity of nations.  The female PPPP Senator was of the view that endeavors as well as sacrifices of the Pakistan have not been properly highlighted so far following which the country has failed to effectively counter propaganda against it.

The debate covered both the international and national elements linked in shaping of foreign policy. A recent development in foreign policy about formation of 34 Muslim countries coalition and role of Pakistan was also discussed by the legislators.

In his speech, PPPP Senator Farhat Ullah Babar inquired about the nature of this coalition and status of Pakistan in it. He said that Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz should explain before the House about this recent development.

In the policy statement, Sartaj Aziz said that national priorities are made by keeping in view broad vision and objectives that emerge from the global situation. He said that Pakistan is interested to develop peaceful relations with all our neighboring countries which is also key to economic revival and prosperity.

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