Senate strongly condemns statement of US defence secretary about CPEC

Sophia Siddiqui


Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, denounced statement of US Secretary Defence that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was passing through a disputed territory.
Senator A. Rehman Malik who is chairman of the standing committee said that US was speaking the language of Pakistan’s enemy India which is not acceptable. He added CPEC is continuation of centuries old trade route the Silk Road for the purpose of regional prosperity and development. “US rather than opposing CPEC should support and participate in peaceful activities to ensure peace in the region” said Rehman.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis four days earlier claimed that Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state.
He also added that “The ‘One Belt, One Road’ also goes through [a] disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate. It seems like US is supporting India against CPEC.
The meeting of standing committee on Wednesday also rejected ‘The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017 moved by Senator Sehar Kamran and has referred the same to Council of Islamic Ideology for any future review.In his remarks on the Bill, Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman Malik said that no law shall be approved contrary to Islamic injunctions.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Abdur Rehman Malik here at the Parliament House and was attended among others by Senators Shahi Syed, Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, Tahir Hussin Mashhadi, Muhammad JavedAbbasi, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, ShibliFaraz, Minister of State for Interior TalalChaudhry and officials from ministry of interior, religious affairs and law division.
The Committee also deferred discussion on “ The Prevention of Witchcraft Bill, 2017”, “The Criminal Laws (Amednment) Bill, 2017” moved by Senator ChaudhryTanvir Khan, and “The Criminal Laws (Amendment) (Protection of Rights of Transgender Persons) Bill, 2017 moved by Senator Rubina Khalid due to absence of movers.
The Committee while discussing progress on petition submitted by Ms. Naziran, daughter of Fateh Muhammad Khoso resident of Madras Muhallah Khan dhkotrequesting for recovery of her missing father was told by the Interior Ministry that four agencies have told that the person is not in their custody and response from others is awaited.

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