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Why does Islamabad feel isolated, Pak’s leader of opposition asks Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan speaks during a high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan speaks during a high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Karachi [Pakistan]: Pakistan leader of opposition Khursheed Shah on Wednesday questioned Islamabad’s foreign policy, asking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as to why his foreign policy is so weak.

Shah, who was speaking at a joint session of the Pakistani Parliament to discuss the Indian aggression at the Line of Control (LoC) as well as the foreign policy matters after India had pledged to “isolate Pakistan”, said, “Why does Pakistan feel isolated at the international arena?”

“Why is our foreign policy so weak, why are we lonely?” the Dawn quoted Shah as saying.

The senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader further said that they have to realise their mistakes and choose better path for the future.

“Our policies have led to this stage, where Bangladesh is also against us,” he said.

Speaking about India’s decision refusal to participate in the SAARC conference in Islamabad next month, Shah said that India have tried to isolate Pakistan diplomatically.

“The SAARC conference is before you. Five countries refused to attend it. We should have preempted such developments.”

Apart from India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh have also expressed their inability to participate in the SAARC Summit to be held in Islamabad in November, following which Nepal postponed the meet.

The relationship between the two estranged neighbours has plunged to a new low in recent times in the wake of Uri terror attack and the subsequent surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC). (ANI)

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