LAHORE, July 3: Ameer, Jamaat eIslami,Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has expressed grave concern over the reports of Pakistan-US talks on the resumption of NATO supplies and said it would be a foolish decision which the nation would never forgive.
In a statement here on Tuesday, he said that the US could not afford to continue supplies through the Central Asian states or aerial route because of heavy cost. If the government stuck to its decision of stopping the supplies, theUSand NATO would be forced to withdraw from the region. Therefore, the rulers should refrain from selling the independence of the country and neighbouringAfghanistanfor dollars.
He said this was the best time to teach Washington a lesson and to get rid of the drone attacks otherwise the US would never withdraw from the region. TheUSconsidered this area the nursery for the Jehadis and wanted to annihilate it, he added.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the frequent visits of the US officials to this country these days clearly indicated that the US was highly perturbed about the NATO supplies and was adopting the policy of carrot and stick for their opening. The meeting of theUSCommander John Allen,USdeputy Secretary of State, Thomson
R. Nides, andUSenvoy Cameron Munter, with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in the presence of Army Chief Gen, Kiyani and Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, showed that the rulers inIslamabadhad lost courage. The mention of 400 million dollars first installment to be paid within next few days was an indication that a decision to reopen the supplies had been taken.
He said the rulers should never forget that the best way to weaken the enemy was to cut off its supplies. The US, he said, had rudely turned down Islamabad’s demand for an apology over the Salala attack that caused the martyrdom of 24 soldiers and was not inclined to change its decision. Therefore, Pakistan government should also stick to the parliament’s resolutions adopted in the light of the National Security Committee recommendations, and refuse to sell the martyrs blood.
DEMANDING DISSOCIATION WITH THE AMERICAS WAR ON TERROR
Islamabad (July 3, 2012): In a press statement issued today the Naib Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan ex-Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad has demanded that the Government must stop the game of hide and seek on the most crucial national issue of restoring supply lines for the Occupation Forces of US and NATO in Afghanistan. All indications are that Government is heading towards surrendering to the American pressure. “This would be a disastrous blunder”, he stressed.
According to Prof. Khurshid, apology is no longer an issue. The most pressing issue now is to redefine our relationship with the U.S. because of its constant betrayals and efforts to subvert Pakistan’s stability, violate its sovereignty and conspire against its vital national interests in the region. Drone attacks continue and the US economic arm-twisting and blackmailing has crossed all limits.
“The real issue for Pakistan and the region is peace in Afghanistan and our total dis-association with the America’s War on Terror. It is an alarming fact that even after Salalah aggression the US Forces continues to be at the Jacobabad and our air space is being used for unrestricted supplies to war of occupation in Afghanistan”, Prof. Khurshid observed. “We must continue to uphold US pressure, stick to our principled stand and protect Pakistan’s sovereignty and strategic interests”, he emphasized.
Prof. Khurshid Ahmad warned that Government must not take any U-turn at this critical moment when 74% of the Pakistani people have openly declared, according to the US public polls (PEO), that they regard the US not a friend but an enemy, and 85% of them have expressed disappointment over the performance of the Federal Government. The people of Pakistan having thus declared their stance, the Government has to honour their judgment. “Fresh national elections are the only way out and the whole issue of relationship with the US and suspension of NATO supplies should, therefore, be left to the new Government and the Parliament who should enjoy the trust of the people”, he concluded.