Rabbani rejects Tillerson’s statement

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Chairman of Senate Raza Rabbani on Tuesday declared the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement about Pakistan ‘unacceptable.’
During a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday, Tillerson told the Afghan media that he will pressure Islamabad to take action on the support Taliban and other “terrorist organisations” receive in the country.
The US secretary of state had said that Islamabad needs to take a ‘clear-eyed view of the situation’ that it is confronted with ‘in terms of the number of terrorist organisations that find safe haven inside the country.’
“His [Tillerson’s] statement seems like that of a vice roy’s before they visit a country,” Rabbani said in a Senate session, adding that the US secretary of state’s tone was ‘inappropriate.’ He also said that Tillerson must acquaint himself with the Parliament’s resolution on Pak-US relations.
“It appears that the US secretary of state has put forward some conditions to the prime minister,” he said. “The foreign minister should share these conditions in the Senate briefing tomorrow.”

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