PML-Q conveys its objections on the Kerry-Lugar Bill to Patterson

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Islamabad, Oct. 6 (ANI): PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had conveyed his party's objection over certain clauses of the Kerry-Lugar Bill to the US Ambassador Anne Patterson.

The Daily Times quoted a press statement issued by the party, as saying that the party objected to the insertion of a clause "regarding the alleged presence of terrorists in Muridke and Quetta," in the bill "on the behest of the Indian lobby" active in the US.

PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed was also present while Patterson was accompanied by Political Counsellor Bryan D Hunt, the report said.

The PML-Q also expressed disappointment over some amendments in the bill.

"The PML-Q leadership also presented its reservations on deleting provisions regarding corruption and good governance in the bill, saying it was 'disappointed' by the amended version of the bill," the statement said.

The statement said the party leaders also told Patterson that the bill was levelling false allegations against the country's security agencies instead of appreciating the sacrifices made by Pakistan's armed forces against the Taliban in Swat and Malakand.

The PML-Q leaders urged the US envoy to keep in mind the interests of Pakistani nationals and make some fresh amendments in the Kerry-Lugar Bill. (ANI)

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