PPP lodges formal protest with US over ‘NSA spying’


Pakistan People’s Party has formally lodged a protest with the United States over allegations of spying by the US National Security Agency and demanded that appropriate amends be made for this insensitivity towards the PPP and the people of Pakistan and that the agency should refrain from repeating such maneuvers.

PPP Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the formal protest was communicated through a letter addressed by PPP Secretary General Raja Pervez Ashraf to US Ambassador in Islamabad Richard Olson. Earlier the PPP had condemned the NSA spying through press statements, he said.

Conveying serious disappointment of the party, Ashraf described the spying as a “very grave, unwarranted and totally unacceptable interference” in the affairs of a political party of a sovereign country and slammed it as being “against international law” and violating “recognised diplomatic norms”, he said.

Cautioning against spying on political parties and interference in the affairs of sovereign countries, Ashraf said that this attitude will “only increase distrust and suspicion already noticeably present in the people of Pakistan towards the US government”. The PPP strongly resents and deplores this overbearing attitude of a US government department, it further said.