Pakistani MPs dissatisfied over in-camera anti-terror briefing

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Islamabad, Oct 10 (UNI) Pakistan's opposition parliamentarians have expressed dissatisfaction over the briefing given by the military authorities on the ongoing in-camera joint parliamentary session.

Most of them, seeking briefings by the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Office, also wanted to know about the functioning of the intelligence agencies, local media reports said today.

The session was adjourned until October 13 for a debate and joint strategy.

Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha yesterday told the in-camera joint session of parliament that Washington had given no assurances to Islamabad that its forces in Afghanistan would not strike inside Pakistan.

The DGMO, who in a few days time would take over as the chief of the country's elite intelligence agency, the ISI, informed parliament that he was not aware of any agreement, secret or otherwise, between Pakistan and the US, which allowed the latter to strike inside Pakistan.

There was a general consensus among the parliamentarians, who got the opportunity to briefly speak their mind while framing their questions for the DGMO, that the war on terror was not Pakistan's war.

Lt Gen Shuja plainly conveyed to his political audience that the military would follow whatever policy the government would formulate.

PML-N parliamentary leader and leader of the opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, however, announced that his party would not ask any question unless the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Office briefed the joint session on the issue and the present regime explained where it stood on the war on terror.

Not many parliamentarians from the PPP, which has the largest representation in parliament, asked questions. However, Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Professor Khurshid perhaps asked the maximum number of questions.

Lt Gen Shuja said the Army did have its serious reservations against the repeated violations of the country's sovereignty by the US forces.

He, however, said the violator drones and jet fighters could be gunned down only after such permission was granted to the security forces by the political leadership of the country.


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