ISLAMABAD - PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar has submitted a calling attention notice in the senate, asking advisor on foreign affairs to explain the government's position on "shift in policy on the civil war in Syria in the wake of the visit of foreign dignitary from a Middle Eastern country last week and its impact on Pakistan's national security and relations with other countries in the region."
Through a calling attention notice PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar has asked the Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz to take the House, as it is scheduled to meet on Monday, into confidence on this "matter of great public importance" as there seemed a sudden, unexplained and a major departure from the known and stated position of Pakistan on this issue.
Farhatullah Babar said that it was significant that after talks between the visiting dignitary and the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the two countries called for 'the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers enabling it to take charge of the affairs of the country', clearly meaning 'regime change' in Syria which will have profound implications for Pakistan's relations with countries of Middle East particularly Iran. Until now, Islamabad refused to take sides and kept a delicate balance in its ties with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran. That balance seems to have been upset, he said.
He said this shift in policy may drag Pakistan into uncharted waters without tangible gains that should best be avoided. He said that the warning by Iran's interior minister to send troops into Pakistan to secure the release of kidnapped border guards could be seen as Iran's discomfort over the shift in our policy.
Asking for regime change in far off countries for internal disturbances can potentially land Pakistan, itself beset with myriad internal problems, in serious trouble, he said and added that the government must explain the correct position.