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US ambassador trying to dictate opposition on RGST, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Monday claimed that US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, was trying to dictate opposition parties on the issue of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) and thus mocking the government and its coalition partners on RGST issue .

During today’s National Assembly session, Chaudhry Nisar asserted it was the parliament’s prerogative to make a decision on the RGST, and not the US ambassador’s.

He further said that the US was virtually dictating Pakistan over starting a military operation in the North Waziristan tribal region and that the defence and foreign ministries had failed to take notice of this posture.

He said US general’s statement should be discussed in the NA. House Business Advisory Committee (HBAC) should be called again for a session to review these things.

The opposition will support any law which is favoring Pakistan, says Chaudhary Nisar. PML-N did not attend the HBAC meeting, bills have been presented ignoring the decisions of the committee and when opposition objects on the issue bills are forwarded to the standing committee. The government should stop using such tactics, even in the times of dictatorship opposition was not treated like this, says Nisar

The government in order to avoid embarrassment should adopt the right path , any decision which is in favor of the country will have full support of the opposition . The HBAC should be called again and any decisions made in the meeting should be implemented. Nisar said we should adopt the attitude of the parliaments in India and Korea, and the treatment with the journalists is very shameful they should be respected.

He said that corruption is widely spread in our country but in Hajj , it is not at all acceptable, there are more that 50 Muslim countries but none have ever been convicted of such a heinous crime, parliament should be taken in confidence in the Hajj scandal.

Chaudhry Nisar said that for Pakistan to progress, its intelligence agencies will have to be brought into the constitutional and legal ambit.



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