Parliamentary committee on national security reviews Trump’s statements

A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security is currently underway at the Parliament House in Islamabad to deliberate over the recent statements made by the US President Donald Trump in which he accused Pakistan of providing ‘safe haven’ to terrorists.

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National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq is presiding over the meeting, which has been convened to discuss the allegations levelled by the United States against Pakistan.

The in-camera proceeding is being attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir and leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah.

The committee is discussing matters relating to national security, especially in the backdrop of anti-Pakistan statements emanating from Washington.

“National security relates to issues that may threaten the survival of our nation, and therefore, we will have to forge unity among our ranks,” Ayaz Sadiq told the participants of the meeting.

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Trump on Monday had tweeted that the US ‘foolishly’ gave aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years but Islamabad remained deceitful by providing safe havens to ‘terrorists’ from Afghanistan. Foreign Office had summoned US Ambassador David Hale later that night and lodged a protest against the tweet.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will apprise the parliamentary committee on Trump’s allegations, and the strategy Pakistan’s Foreign Office has devised to respond to them in a befitting manner.

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