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Political parties urge US to respect Pakistani parliament verdict on drone attacks, KLB.

ISLAMABAD, October 30, 2009 (Balochistan Times ): Political parties have urged US to honour verdict of Pakistani parliament and public opinion with regard to Kerry Lugar Bill (KLB) and drone attacks. Members of parliament from political parties represented in parliament held a two and half hour extensive meeting with US secretary of state Hillary Clinton here in parliament house Friday. A set of issues including Pak-US relations, KLB, Kashmir issue, drones attacks, stability of democracy and other matters of mutual interest featured in the meeting. Chairman senate Farooq H Naik and speaker National Assembly Dr Fahmida Mirza were also present on the occasion. Former federal minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Ishaq Dar, Sherry Rehman, federal minister Waqar Ahmad Khan, Azam Swati, Nayyar Bokhari, Abdul Rahim Mando Khel and Fouzia Wahab were among those who met US secretary of state. Chairman senate Farooq H Naik said during the meeting Pak-US relations were in the interest of the region which would gain strength with the passage of time. Speaker National Assembly Dr Fahmida Mirza said parliament holds in high esteem bilateral ties between Pakistan and US. Relations were flourishing between the two counties in diverse sectors, she added. She called for forging close interaction between the parliaments of both the countries. Information secretary PML-Q like minded group Kashmala Tariq urged US to introduce new bill with no pre-conditions in connection with military assistance for Pakistan. Peace will come to the region only if Kashmir issue is resolved, she added. US president Barrack Obama should deliver on his pledges in order to remove the trust deficit between the two countries and US should not repeat its mistakes of the past , she underlined. She went on to say US should bolster trade ties with Pakistan besides launching mega projects here. Faisal Saleh Hayat and others were of the opinion US on one side lends support to sustaining democratic order and on the other side it does not respect the resolution adopted by symbol of democracy , Pakistani parliament against drone attacks. That is why concerns prevailing among the people against US were proving correct, they added. Faisal Saleh Hayat urged US secretary of state if she announces to immediate end to US drone attacks then the public opinion in Pakistan would also change. Members of parliament said KLB does not safeguard interests of Pakistan and the language used in the bill suggests that US gives more importance to India than Pakistan in the region. They also stressed US should execute civil nuclear technology accord with Pakistan like India . US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said democracy was critical for Pakistan and her country would continue to cooperate with Pakistan for strengthening democracy. We are pursuing the policy of forging close interaction with the people and their elected representatives in Pakistan. It is also incumbent on elected representatives to present real picture before the people, she remarked. She underscored the need for improvement in the relations with neighbours adding US was also playing its role in the efforts for resumption of talks between Pakistan and India. She laid stress on boosting trade ties between Pakistan and India saying it would give the message of peace adding expansion of trade relations with Afghanistan was a good omen.

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