ISLAMABAD Expressing concern over Dr Aafias sentence, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Ch Nisar Ali Khan, claimed on Friday that the federal government did not raise the issue on time with US and now it should take up the issue proactively. When we were in coalition, we had put the issue in the House but the government remained silent and did not pursue it. I admit that the government followed the case seriously during the last six months but it will have to be more active, he said. He also urged the Parliamentarians to play their role for effectively raising the issue and advised them to formulate a joint strategy to pursue the Dr Aafia case. We should march on the Constitutional Avenue to send a strong message to US that it was a matter of honour and dignity for Pakistani nation, Nisar said in the National Assembly session here. He also said that the US has been told by Pakistan that they respect their courts and do not interfere in their courts matters. If we respect US court decisions, it should also accept the verdicts of our courts and send General Musharraf back to Pakistan, who is freely roaming there after committing a number of crimes. Musharraf has not only killed many people, but also violated the Constitution twice and disgraced senior judges, he said and added that it is the responsibility of United States and Britain to hand over the Pakistani absconders to Islamabad, he said. He proposed that solidarity be expressed with Dr Afia on Monday and urged the government to convey the sentiments of the National Assembly to US in this regard. Talking about the flood relief works, Nisar said that the government should brief the House about the funds being collected for relief and rehabilitation of flood victims. The government in coming week should brief the House about the relief and rehabilitation work that has been done so far, he said. Expressing solidarity with an Islamabad-based journalist who was kidnapped and thrashed some weeks ago, Nisar said that the Interior Minister has given the statement that the inquiry of the case would be completed in five days but nothing has been done in this regard yet. Responding to a point of order raised by Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Naveed Qamar said that Dr Aafias sentence was a shock for the whole nation. He added that the discussion on the case of Dr Aafia is already on the agenda of the National Assembly. He said that the government would take up this issue with the US Administration and would try to bring Dr Aafia back to Pakistan. This issue should be raised on humanitarian basis throughout the world. If it was not resolved on humanitarian grounds its repercussions would not be positive for both Pakistan and America, he cautioned. He further said that the government is ready to brief the House about the flood devastations and relief and rehabilitation works.