Nuclear non-proliferation sections in Kerry-Lugar Bill due to Qadeer, (!) says Assef.
ISLAMABAD/MARDAN, October 08, 2009 (Frontier Star): Deputy Chairman
Planning Commission Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali has said that the United
States has included sections of nuclear non- proliferation in the
Kerry-Lugar Bill due to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Participating in the
ongoing debate on the Kerry-Lugar in the National Assembly here on
Thursday, he said Dr Qadeer thought himself as a champion and guard of
National but allegations were levelled against regarding smuggling of
plans filled with nuclear weapons. "If we stop taking international
aid and loans, then our economy will collapse in ten days", he
pointed out and added that we should start back door diplomacy for
deletion of controversial sections from the Kerry-Lugar Bill.
"There is no patriotism in the statements of opposition members,
" he added. PPP-S Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said the government
should not make the issue as a question of prestige but keep national
interests. He said the Kerry-Lugar Bill was first Biden-Lugar and
Pakistan, and Pakistan was not consulted during its drafting, adding,
the question arises here that "whether our lobbyists have failed or
the United States has included these sections
willingly/deliberately". According to him, it is necessary for the
Parliament to compel the government not to accept the bill till
ELIMINATION OF INSULTING CONDITIONS. Meanwhile, talking to reporters in
Mardan, PML-Q NWFP Chief Amir Muqam said the United States want to make
Pakistan US state and get access to its nuclear assets but every child
is aware of the Bill, which would not be approved in any way. Praising
the sacrifices of armed forces in Malakand Division, he said army has
been ignored in the Bill. He said the US has given unconditional aid to
Pakistan during Musharraf era and now it should also continue it.
"The bill would not be accepted just because US will give 100
billion dollars aid, because it was the issue of Pakistan
solidarity", he remarked. Replying to a question, he said there is
no trial of former president Musharraf.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)