ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Leader of Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) Dr Farooq Sattar said on Tuesday called for a rational approach on drone attacks as an emotional reaction might isolate Pakistan internationally.
Taking part in the debate on the drone attacks in North Waziristan, he told the National Assembly that any resolution on the matter might divide the House as some political parties were using it for point-securing.
The terrorists should not be given a clean chit, he said and added that MQM chief Altaf Hussain wanted a comprehensive policy for the elimination of terrorism.
He said Pakistan was in a quandary on talks with the Taliban, who had some 37 groups. Since Taliban were involved in martyring innocent Pakistanis, therefore, the sentiments of the heirs of 50,000 martyrs should also be kept in view, he added.
He said, “We must not accept any condition of Taliban for holding dialogue.”
Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqoob said the government should use all its influence and demand the United States to immediately halt the drone attacks.
Amjad Ali Khan said the recent drone attack was a conspiracy to sabotage the peace process. Long term policies should be devised to tackle terrorism, he added. Jamaluddin Khan said the US drone attacks were claiming lives of innocent people, including children and women. These were also against the honour, dignity and sovereignty of Pakistan.
Jamshed Dasti said foreign elements were involved in acts of terrorism as they do not want peace in the country. He said that in his opinion the government should take a courageous stand against the drone attacks and suspend the NATO’s supplies.