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Pak-US strategic relationship proving disastrous for Pakistan: JI.

Islamabad, October 22, 2011 (Frontier Star): Naib Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad has expressed his view that the visit of the US Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton is to be taken seriously and the Government of Pakistan, both its civil and military representatives, must make it clear in categorical terms that continuation of the so-called strategic partnership between Pakistan and US on US War on Terror has proved disastrous for Pakistan. "The People and the Parliament have categorically rejected the continuation of this one sided partnership under duress. All public opinion polls, resolutions of the Parliament and the resolution of the All Parties Conference are very clear that there is no military solution to the problem and Pakistan has suffered unbearable economic, political and human costs. Change of foreign policy and terms of engagement with US have to be fundamentally changed. The US policy of pressure and blackmail cannot be tolerated any more", he emphasized in a press statement. According to Prof. Khurshid the real problem lies in US occupation of Afghanistan and not in Pakistan or elsewhere. He has reminded that the national interests of Pakistan demand reworking of the entire relationship with the US in order to regain Pakistan's sovereignty and protect its initiative. "The political and military leadership must strictly follow the wishes of the people and come out with a bold response which protects Pakistan's vital national interests and openly refuse to toe what Musharraf did by sacrificing Pakistani's interests and surrendering to American pressure; and persuaded more devastatingly by Zardari-Gilani regime", he concluded.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 22, 2011
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