Islamabad (July 19, 2017): The Senate was informed on Wednesday that Pakistan has never compromised on its core interests and always responded to the emerging changes in the International environment in line with its National interests.
This was stated by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while winding up discussion on a motion moved by thirty Senators regarding implication of the statement of the Chairman U.S. Armed Services Committee in Kabul soon after his visit to Pakistan.He said alliances shift and transform while interests remain permanent. He said countries adopt their foreign policies according to the overall emerging environment. He said that no single country has the capability to shape according to its wishes and priorities.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan’s foreign policy is fully cognizant of emergent realities. He said Pakistan faced a decade of sanctions but met the pressure without compromising its core interests. He said when the time came we responded to the Indian nuclear tests, despite global pressure. He said despite these differences we maintained positive relations with USA.Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan will continue to build and strengthen relations with US and strive to resolve areas of divergences.
He said Pakistan has achieved considerable success in the past few years in controlling terrorism. He said we have taken decisive action against terrorism, cleared thousands of square kilometers of our area in the tribal region of terrorist’s network and embarked on a road to economic recovery.
Sartaj Aziz said our policies are aimed at the unity of the Muslim Ummah and we have welcomed all efforts in promoting mediation and reconciliation in different Middle East disputes.
He said the Saudi initiative is the Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism and extremism. He said with our experience in counterterrorism and our close ties with Saudi Arabia it was natural for us to join the coalition and contribute to reduce the scourge of extremism and terrorism.Sartaj Aziz said with Iran our relations are stable and positive. He said our economic cooperation is on the increase and we have agreed to link Chahbahar and Gwadar as sister ports.
He said Pakistan has achieved a number of success and near past including start of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, holding successful ECO summit in Islamabad, our membership of SCO, GSP plus agreement with EU and relations with a number of the world countries. He said these achievement fully negate the perception that Pakistan is facing isolation.
Winding up discussion on a motion regarding threat to freedom of expression by misuse of Electronic Crime Act and the impunity with which such crimes are continuously being committed against journalists and media persons, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman said that this bill has been passed by the collective wisdom of both the Houses of the Parliament.She said amendments can be made in the act when required.
Speaking on the occasion Minister of State for Interior, Baligh-ur-Rehman said that under the act 4030 complaints were received during 2017 and out of these 559 enquires were held and 102 FIRs registered.
He said that this act is not being misused rather it is used to trace elements who are working against the interest of the State.Earlier, taking part in the discussion the members said that Electronic Crime Act should be used against those elements who are working against the interests of the country. They said that there is dire need of educating people about the use of internet and social media.
Winding up discussion on a motion regarding need for a new accountability mechanism to ensure across the board accountability of all, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that the draft bill of new accountability law has almost been completed in consultation with all the political parties. He said under the new law National Accountability Bureau will be converted into National Accountability Commission.