Pakistan suspended official visits and met with the United States to protest President Donald Trump’s criticism of Islamabad for providing shelters to militants, a news report said on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif yesterday in the Senate, which became a committee to discuss the deterioration of relations with the United States.
Asif told the senators that Pakistan had suspended talks and bilateral visits as a protest mark, Dawn said.
The Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asia, Alice Wells, was due to arrive here Tuesday, as the foreign minister was due to visit the United States last week.
Speaking of the US President’s recently revealed policy on South Asia, Asif said he does not envisage any military role for India in Afghanistan.
According to sources, the minister said it was more of a role for economic development.
He said in the closed session of the committee that India would not have permission to use Afghan land to destabilize Pakistan.
Members also asked the government to share a fact sheet on the assistance received from the United States after September 11 and the financial losses suffered by the United States as a front line instrument against the war on terror.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua informed the House that a meeting of Pakistani envoys from September 5-7 met to develop a strategy following the announcement of the new US policy on South Asia.
It decided that the committee would meet again to refine the policy guidelines in light of emerging realities and the role of the United States.
The guidelines will be defined by a resolution most likely to be adopted by the Senate on Wednesday.
Before the Foreign Minister made a petition to declare the proceedings behind closed doors, Senate President Raza Rabbani reminded him of his proposal for a joint session of parliament in the presence of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
He said that if a resolution passed separately by the Senate was sent to the National Assembly, it would be judged in a document from the other house.
He said he would not send a good message if the two houses had adopted different resolutions. However, the Foreign Minister stated that the National Assembly could approve the resolution approved by the Senate or slightly alter it.