Pak Opposition slams Imran Khan for not informing parliament on giving air corridor to US

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Islamabad, Nov 11 : The Opposition in Pakistan Senate has slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government for not keeping the parliament in loop on the decision of giving air corridor to the US and instead the information was given by the US Congress that Islamabad was in talks with the US on the matter.

According to a report by Dawn, Former Senate chairman and PPP leader Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday said the parliament was not taken into confidence on a decision on giving air corridor to the United States and the information came from the US Congress that Pakistan was in talks with the US on giving air corridor, whereas a resolution was adopted at a joint sitting in 2012 on the terms of engagements that Pakistan would not give air corridor to the US.

He also lashed out at the PM for holding negotiations with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) without the authorisation by the parliament.

He said, “All the decisions on national security are neither being taken from the platform of parliament nor is it being taken into confidence.”

He further said the parliament had been made irrelevant as it was only informed about the key decisions that had already been taken.

The Opposition leader reiterated that the parliament needs to be taken into confidence is negotiations are to be held.

“The government has no mandate for negotiations with terrorist organisations, as it is the mandate of parliament. If parliament empowers the government, only then it can hold negotiations,” he emphasised.

The Pakistan government said on Monday it has reached an agreement on a “complete ceasefire” with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after talks facilitated by the Afghan Taliban regime in Kabul.

“The ceasefire will keep on extending with the progress in the negotiations,” Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said in a video statement.

The TTP, which sources said had been demanding the release of a number of prisoners as a condition for full ceasefire negotiations, said it was “ready for a dialogue that will lead to lasting peace in the country”.

It said the ceasefire would come into force from Tuesday and last until December 9 and could be extended if both sides agreed.


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