Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Peoples Party ( PPP) leader and leader of the opposition in the Senate, Aitzaz Ahsan, addressing a joint session of parliament on Thursday, said that Pakistan is isolated because it gives freedom to non-state actors.
“The government has been completely unsuccessful in imposing restrictions on non-state actors according to the National Action Plan,” the Dawn quoted Ahsan as saying.
He implied that such actors continue to carry out protests, rallies and giving speeches in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi.
“I don’t want instability in any country, as the blame of that will then fall on us because of these non-state actors,” he said.
He also slammed the cabinet’s denial of Pakistani involvement in the Uri attack saying “We don’t know if our non-state actors are behind it”.
“When you cannot completely implement NAP and then something like this happens, the blame will fall on Pakistan and we will be isolated. Then Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not speak to you, and Bhutan and Nepal will begin supporting India. You have isolated Pakistan,” he said.
Ahsan also held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation as the premier is also the foreign minister saying, “Pakistan’s isolation is Nawaz Sharif’s personal failure”.
“Nawaz Sharif did not anticipate the Uri attack. Our defence minister said that perhaps India did it themselves to divert attention away from Kashmir. I agree, it is possible, but then why is it Pakistan which is isolated now? It is because you have given freedom to non-state actors,” he added.
During his address, Ahsan also added that the government should dispel the notion that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is Punjab-focused in order to eliminate discord between political parties and that the PM and his family must present themselves for accountability. (ANI)