PML-N asks Pak govt to review policy on the war against terror
Last Updated: Friday, March 12, 2010, 23:36
Lahore: Pakistan's main opposition PML-N on Friday asked the government to review its policy on the war against terrorism, saying it is resulting in the killing of innocent people.

"It would be better for us to withdraw our support to the US's war on terror policy as hundreds of innocent Pakistanis are losing their lives," said PML-N parliamentarian Saad Rafiq, a close aide of party chief Nawaz Sharif.

Rafiq said Pakistan has suffered irreparable losses, in both human and financial terms, due to its support for the war on terror.

"We need to find a political solution to this problem. Our government and the army need to frame a consensus policy after taking all stakeholders on board," he said.

The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), which is considered close to right-wing religious parties, has never openly backed the ruling Pakistan People's Party-led government's war on terror.

"The PPP government's policy for the war on terror is a continuation of the policy of (former military ruler Pervez) Musharraf and needs to be immediate reviewed," Rafiq said.

Political parties recently criticised the PML-N after senior party leader and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah met and travelled with leaders of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan group while campaigning for by-polls in Jhang district.

"The PML-N should stop patronising banned outfits as it will harm the federal government's policy for the war on terror," Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said.


First Published: Friday, March 12, 2010, 23:36

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