Saturday, 24 August 2019

Pakistan not in habit of taking notices from anyone, let alone US: Rabbani slams Pence’s remarks

Raza Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Sunday took aim at the United States for putting pressure on Pakistan saying that Pakistan was not “in habit of taking notices from anyone”.

He stated while addressing an inauguration session of six-nation speakers conference in Islamabad. The Senate chairman said that Pakistan is a sovereign state, adding that the country will not compromise on its sovereignty.

The conference – themed “The challenges of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity” – is being attended by Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russian Federation and Turkey.

Speaking about Trump’s recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He termed the decision “blunder of all blunders,” adding that the US faced befitting response on its move at the US when over 120 countries voted against its decision.

It is to mention here that US Vice President Mike Pence during his recent visit to Afghanistan warned Pakistan that “President Trump has put Pakistan on notice”.

Rabbani said that Pakistan “believes in dialogue and friendly relations with its neighbours… until and unless India is willing to speak on equal terms, we will perhaps just be looking at the mirage of peace in the region.”

Rabbani said that Pakistan “believes in dialogue and friendly relations with its neighbours… until and unless India is willing to speak on equal terms, we will perhaps just be looking at the mirage of peace in the region.”

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