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ISLAMABAD - The All Parties Conference (APC) after nine hours of intense brainstorming over new challenges to the national security succeeded in adopting a unanimous 13-point declaration in the wee hours of Friday, vowing to defend country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs.
The conference hosted by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was given briefing by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and DG ISI Lt Gen Shuja Ahmed Pasha. The conference lasted for four hours on agreeing on the contents of the declaration.
Commenting over the APC decisions, Information Minister Dr Firdous Aashiq Awan said that parliamentary committee, as described in the unanimous resolution, would oversee the affairs pertaining to the implementation of resolution and it would be constituted after having consensus during the upcoming session of the Parliament.

She said that the government through that resolution had tried to redefine the parameters of Pakistan’s support for ongoing war on terror. She said that 13-point resolution was not just a mere piece of paper as it had endorsement of 180 million masses of the country as well as representative of 30 political parties.
To a question, she said, “We could not malign any single country in the current scenario that’s why during APC all the parties discussed things across the board.” She said even in the backdrop of that adopted resolution the government would not close its communication channel with any country, however, sovereign equality would be kept at first in this regard. She said the government would initiate dialogue process in parts of the country where its writ was relatively weak. Firdous congratulated all the political parties and the masses of the country on the occasion for unanimous adoption of the resolution.
MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi told media after conclusion of the APC, “In case of any threat we as nation are united to fight for sovereignty of country. There should be no ambiguity as political forces leaving their differences would work for sovereignty, development and independence of country.” The MQM leader added that there was consensus over peace and reconciliation. He was of the view that there was a dire need for political strategy to resolve the issues. He said that independent foreign policy needed strong interior policy. He said the political leadership needed to adopt prudent policies rather than emotionalism. The MQM leader said MQM was satisfied with APC and a parliamentary Committee be formed to oversee the implementation of earlier resolutions as well as this resolution and progress on the same be made public on monthly basis.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan said there were some loopholes in the government resolution and taking initiative PTI went for redrafting. Seemingly Imran was not much optimistic, but he remarked that it was up to the government for its implementation in true letter and spirit. “PTI from the day first had opposed military operation in Waziristan,” he said, adding that time had come to give chance to peace. “We participated in the APC to give strength to government for national cause.” He was of the view that dialogue with militants was the only way forward to resolve issues. Talking about the resolution adopted in the APC, he said that a parliamentary committee would be formed to oversee the implementation of earlier resolutions as well as this resolution.
Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed said that nation was united to combat against if any steps taken against the sovereignty of country. “Nation is united and no one dare to do so,” he added. When asked about Haqani network, he said that it was informed that Pakistan military forces had no links with Haqani network. He said that the Parliament’s implementation committee would then make sure the implementation on the unanimous resolution. He further said that General Kayani had briefed the APC members twice.
JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said nation was united against if any step taken against the sovereignty of the country. “For the defence of the country we will leave no stone unturned,” he added.
To a question, he said that drone attack issue was not discussed in the APC but he had given suggestion about one solid policy on it.
Jamat-e-Islami Ameer Prof Munawar Hassan said that asked for independent foreign policy which mean no drone attacks or military operation be allowed in north Waziristan. He said that APC resolution should be implemented with true spirits.
JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq said that there was a need to implement all resolutions passed by the Parliament and the parliamentary committee on national security. “We would fight for the sovereignty of country,” he added.
Pakistan’s military command slammed the US policies as the country’s establishment and political leadership came together to ‘redefine’ Pak-US relationship at All Parties Conference on Thursday.
In a rare yet impressive exhibition of national unity, all the powerbrokers at APC were unanimously positive for forging national unity and collective responsibility on the issues concerning Pakistan strategically with particular reference to the US.
According to sources privy to the national moot, although Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Ahmad Shuja Pasha took the centre-stage to take on the US policies on Pakistan, the Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani shared his brief observation on Pak-US strategic ties that is seen as military’s ‘policy statement’ on its ‘reviewed’ ties with the US.
“Americans are confused, they don’t know what they’re doing. They’ve failed in Afghanistan and they don’t have too many options to go for,” sources quoted Kayani as saying. General Kayani reportedly gave these remarks while speaking at the political parties’ heads exclusive gathering at APC
Earlier, the DG ISI, in his briefing, also carried this flavour of resented feelings towards the US policies that his boss had shared.
The ISI chief reportedly told the APC participants that Haqqani Network exercised unchallenged control over seven provinces of Afghanistan and it was entirely based there. He reportedly said that Haqqani Network was divided into three offshoots, and, of them, one of its wing was militant. “Pakistan has intelligence contacts with non-militant wings of Haqqanis but we don’t support or fund them. They operate in Afghanistan and not in Pakistan. We don’t have any Haqqani militant bases,” Pasha reportedly said. He also mentioned last month’s militant attacks in Angooradda, (Waziristan), Chitral and Dir by Afghan militants saying that Pakistan was suffering at the hands of Afghan militants.
During Pasha’s briefing, the PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif interrupted to utter what was seen by majority of the APC participants as ‘uncalled for’ remarks. “Even in the past, our military and ISI have faced such kind of serious allegations like supporting the terrorist elements. Something must be ‘fishy’ I’m afraid,” Sharif is quoted to have said. His seemingly unwelcoming remarks prompted Jamat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan to say, “Mian Sahib, this is not the right platform to say things like that. We are here to develop national unity. It’s so regrettable that you played on a personal wicket.” An offended Sharif reportedly exchanged a series of heated arguments carrying allegations and counter allegations with Hassan before both the leaders were asked by their counterparts to let the things go. “I would address your reservations,” General Kayani said to pacify the aggrieved Sharif who was not ready to calm down. “Whose is to be blamed for May 2 security lapse?” Sharif asked referring to the Abbottabad operation.


Courtesy: Nation

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