The Senate committee of the whole met for an in-camera session here Wednesday to deliberate upon policy guidelines on Pakistan’s foreign policy with a particular reference to India and Kashmir issue, a draft of which was presented before it by its 13-member panel.
The Director General Inter-Services Intelligence, Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar could not give a briefing to the committee on the current situation between Pakistan and India due to his busy schedule.
The chairman Senate had issued directives to ISI DG to give a briefing to the committee with a particular reference to the Kashmir unrest and the Uri attack, but he could not make it to the House due to his busy schedule which the House accepted.
Now, he is expected to do so on Thursday. The forum will also finish deliberations on the draft policy guidelines.
It was learnt that he had already informed the Senate Chairman, Raza Rabbani, about the reasons of his inability to attend the committee of the whole meeting.
The draft policy guidelines will be presented in the Senate for approval. These include proposing to the government to adopt an aggressive strategy against India instead of continuing with an “apologetic” approach.
The Senate committee also demanded of the government to appoint a permanent foreign minister, as hitherto the issue of Kashmir could not be effectively raised at various world forums.
The panel recommended that in order to sensitise the world community about India’s aggressive designs against Kashmir, Pakistan and the region, besides adoption of an aggressive policy, the Pakistani missions would have to be activated.
Moreover, the Senate committee of the whole (House) noted that there was a need to frame a more effective policy to also raise the current situation, arising out of India’s aggressive posturing, not only with Muslim nations but also with other countries.
In addition to that, Kashmir desks must be established at Pakistan’s embassies abroad. -Business Recorder