NA echoes with Haqqani statements

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Zahid Chaudrey

Islamabad

The members of the National Assembly strongly condemned the statements made by Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani that were published in an article in the Washington Post on Friday.
Speaking during the session of the house on Monday, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Awais Laghari said that this unemployed person is making such statements to get some new employment. He added he does not have stature to be discussed at the floor of National Assembly, but we will have to raise our voice because he spoke against Pakistan.
Syed Khursheed Shah, Leader of the Opposition said that it was unfortunate that he was made ambassador of Pakistan, but as soon as his activities came in the notice he was replaced by Sherry Rehman.
Other members belonging to other political parties also strongly condemned the article of Hussain Haqqani and said that this person does not deserve any mercy as he misused the powers given to him by the nation as ambassador. Instead of safeguarding the interest of the nation he continued to work for his own personal interest by doing work against the country, they said.
Meanwhile the former ambassador Hussain Haqqani in an interview said that the visas were issued by the approval of PPP’s led government who is blaming him for their own western interest. He further said that the ex-government want to distort the facts.
The House Monday passed a motion of thanks expressing deep gratitude to the President of Pakistan for his address to both Houses assembled together on 1st June, 2016.
Concluding the discussion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that the government will make all out efforts to fully implement the directions given by the President in his address to the joint sitting.
Responding to a question, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that there are 126 diplomatic missions of Pakistan abroad consisting of embassies and consulates. He said the allocated budget for the embassies and consulates last year was 11.67 billion rupees while the expenditure of last year was 11.72 billion rupees. He said the government has also taken a number of steps for the welfare of the Overseas.
Answering a question, Najeebuddin Awaisi informed the House that Pakistan-China volume of trade which was four billion dollars in 2006-07 has reached at 13.77 billion dollars last year.
To a question, he said Pakistan did not sign any trade agreement with United Kingdom during the last three years. Replying to a question, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that test ranking of Pakistan Cricket team in 6th, the One-Day International ranking of Pakistani team is 8th while the T-20 ranking of Pakistan is 6th in the world ranking.

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