ISLAMABAD - Opposition parties have agreed to take united stand in tomorrow’s joint sitting of parliament on the foreign policy revisit and Nato supply restoration.
At a meeting of the opposition parties on Sunday, they decided that they would force the ruling coalition to incorporate their (opposition’s) proposals in the policy draft and vowed not to let the government bulldoze parliamentary proceedings.
Sources said the opposition parities would propose for demanding the US stop drone attacks and tender apology for the Salala attack, besides linking the resumption of Nato supplies to clear-cut assurance that US/Isaf troops won’t mount any cross-border attacks in the name of hot pursuit.
JUI-F President Fazlur Rehman told the media, after the meeting at his residence in the Ministers Colony, that they would come up with their own proposals on the foreign policy and Nato supplies. He said they would seek guarantees from rulers on the implementation of the earlier resolutions of the parliament as well as the resolution adopted by the All-Party Conference held sometime back in Islamabad.
Fazl said if their suggestions were not given due consideration, any decision on restoration of Nato supplies and redefining of relations with the United States be taken as the decision of the government and not of the parliament.
Responding to media questions Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan said that they would put forward their reservations. He said they would not let the government misuse the forum of parliament to further its sectional agenda at the cost of national interest.
The government, he said, should have to come up with certain guarantees and concrete measures to get their nod for the new policy formulation on Nato supplies restoration via Pakistan and overall policy on the country’s role in the ongoing war on terror. Ch Nisar said that parliament should only draw the broader contours of the country’s foreign policy and the government should act in the light of the guidelines given by the parliament.
Besides Fazlur Rehman and Ch Nisar, the meeting was attended by Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Saleem Saifullah Khan, Mushahid Ullah, Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Jaffar Iqbal and other leaders belonging to opposition parties.
Sources said that all the participants of this over two-hour session were unanimous that they would seek assurance from the government on implementation of the earlier resolutions of the parliament.
They also decided to take firm stand on the drone hits inside Pakistan and propose to ask America to stop the drone attacks forthwith and give assurance that in future no drone attack would be carried out without the consent of Pakistani authorities.
The opposition parties would also propose to link the reopening of Nato ground routes to stoppage of drone attacks and a US guarantee - in black and white - that neither it will intrude into the Pakistani territory on the pretext of hot pursuits nor will carry out cross-border missile or other attacks.
They would also propose asking the US to tender unconditional apology for their unprovoked attack on Pakistani border check-posts in Salala and give assurance to punish all those involved in this attack. Sources informed that the opposition parties would be meeting again here on Sunday to give final shape to their proposals.
Earlier, the joint session of the parliament was adjourned on the request of Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Ch Nisar on the plea that they should be given some time to prepare for the debate on this sensitive issue facing the country.