Srinagar , October 6
Pakistan’s major opposition Pakistan Peoples’ Party ( PPP) has castigated the government for unleashing the so-called non-state actors as responsible for vitiating relations with neighbouring countries and international isolation that the state has come to suffer from.
PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan addressing a joint session of parliament on Thursday said Pakistan is isolated because it gives freedom to non-state actors, as reported in Dawn newspaper .
The PPP senator slammed the cabinet’s denial of Pakistani involvement in the Uri attack. Saying we believe Pakistan has no hand in the Uri attack is not a categorical denial, Aitzaz said, adding that the phrase implied “We don’t know if our non-state actors are behind it”.
“The government has been completely unsuccessful in imposing restrictions on non-state actors according to the National Action Plan.”
He implied that such actors continue carrying out protests, rallies and giving speeches in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi.
“I don’t want instability in any country, as the blame of that will then fall on us because of these non-state actors,” he said.
“When you cannot completely implement NAP and then something like this happens, the blame will fall on Pakistan and we will be isolated. Then Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not speak to you, and Bhutan and Nepal will begin supporting India,” he said.
“You have isolated Pakistan,” he roared from the benches.
The PPP senator held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation as the premier is also the foreign minister.
“Pakistan’s isolation is Nawaz Sharif’s personal failure,” he said.
“Nawaz Sharif did not anticipate the Uri attack. Our defence minister said that perhaps India did it themselves to divert attention away from Kashmir.”
“I agree, it is possible, but then why is it Pakistan which is isolated now? It is because you have given freedom to non-state actors.”