Senate chairman lauded for cancelling delegation’s US visit

Karachi

Karachi: Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor has welcomed the decision of the Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani, to cancel the visit to the US of a delegation of Pakistani senators whose visa process was delayed inordinately.

In a statement here Sunday, Altaf Shakoor said this brave decision was according to national honor and aspirations of Pakistanis. He said the other members of Pakistani assemblies and senate should follow suit. He appealed to the Senate Chairman to also take notice of the issue of prolonged detention of the daughter of the nation, Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He asked the Senate chairman to persuade the sitting government to take appropriate steps for early repatriation of Dr Siddiqui.

He appreciated that the Senate Chairman has sought explanation from the US administration regarding the inordinate delay in issuing visas to the Senate delegation that was scheduled to visit the US, and announced cancelling the visit till this explanation is received. He said this decision was as per the aspirations of the Pakistani nation.

Altaf Shakoor said in past the Pakistani rulers have played the role of a US poodle and now they should learn a lesson from the brave decision of the Senate chairman. They should learn how to uphold the national dignity and honor in such matters. He said the members of parliament should themselves realize their own importance. The Pakistani delegation was to take part in an international event and represent Pakistan.

He said it is unanimous demand of the Pakistani nation that Dr Aafia Siddiqui should be released. He said the rulers have already pledged to play their role in this regard and there are also many resolutions passed by our parliament, but no solid action is still seen in this regard. He hoped that the chairman Senate would also show same bravery and sense of honor in the matter of Aafia detention and also raise this issue properly so that the government be compelled to take appropriate actions.

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