Sherry says govt should have taken parliament onboard before PM’s US visit

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Commenting on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s second official visit to the US, Senator Sherry Rehman said that the government should have taken parliament into confidence before the visit.

Speaking to media in Islamabad, Rehman said, “Washington is always considered a key capital for Islamabad, and the bilateral agenda may have benefitted with more robust advice from political parties and resource-persons in Pakistan. The PPP government always discussed issues of vital national importance such as this with parliament, because it sets an important bipartisan tone for strategic issues and policy-momentum.”

The Vice-President PPP said that PPP has never played games on issues of foreign policy and national interest, but questions remain as to what truths will be told by both sides, and what will be bargained in Washington.

“While the FO has clarified on the nuclear discussion, one hopes that Pakistan’s position on its deterrence posture will be discussed with clarity. The imbalance in the region given India’s 123 civil nuclear deal still leads to disquiet, especially given the fungible nature of dual-use material which is open to military use” Rehman said.