Altaf ‘dissociation’ drama will unfurl soon: Khursheed Shah


Opposition leader says frail foreign policy undermined Pakistan’s credibility among neighbours

Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah, while expressing reservations over the foreign policy of the country, on Sunday said that weak foreign policy has strained relations of Pakistan with neighbouring countries.

Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Shah said that foreign policy of any country exposed its position among regional countries “but due to a lack of interest of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) we have a frail foreign policy which is a matter of grave concern as it has undermined Pakistan’s credibility and neighbouring countries seem to be reluctant to keep reliable relations with it”.

“Our foreign policy is quite vulnerable that is why even our neghbours who had good terms with Pakistan in the past are turning our enemy,” he added.

Shah said that the assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto was a severe blow to the party but despite this it chanted the slogan of “Pakistan Khappay”.

To a question about the confusion on the political scene in Sindh after Altaf Hussain’s statements, the opposition leader said it was all drama and the contact of Farooq Sattar with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain would be exposed in the next ten days.

Shah also announced that rallies and protests would be staged across the country in September to highlight the flaws and failures of the government in resolving crises faced by country and people.

Commenting on the health facilities, Shah said that Sukkur hospitals lacked 67 doctors and paramedical staffers but new appointments would soon be made. Health and educational facilities are responsibilities of the government while the condition of hospitals needed to get improved, he added.

The opposition leader said that the mayor of Pakistan’s biggest city being in jail was not a good sign, adding that on one hand India was lobbying against Pakistan, while on the other hand there was MQM chief and Brahimdagh Bugti.