West suffering from Islamophobia: SM Zafar
LAHORE: Americans have started believing in the theory of the clash of the civilisations and are suffering from Islamophobia, said Senator SM Zafar while addressing a meeting on US Threats and Pakistan’s Reaction organised by the Old Ravian Association on Thursday.
Zafar said Pakistan should revise its foreign policy, especially after the US had threatened to attack Pakistan to eliminate militants allegedly hiding in tribal areas. He said the US and Pakistan ties had strengthened after the 9/11 attacks because Pakistan had been on the frontline against terrorism.
He said US politicians should avoid hurting Pakistanis sentiments. He said Muslims should unite to cope with the negative propaganda against them.
He said the society had broken the shackles of indolence and emerged as more dynamic and active after the chief justice of Pakistan’s reinstatement. He said the government should set up a committee, consisting of politicians and experts, which would revise the foreign policy so that national interests could be protected without damaging relations with other countries. He said the government should negotiate with the dissidents in FATA because permanent peace could be established in country through dialogue.
Zafar said using the threat of a US attack to justify the imposition of emergency in the country. He added that president Gen Pervez Musharraf was not in favour of the proclamation of emergency in the country. He also urged political parties to form consensus on national issues though negotiations.
ORA member Riaz Ahmed Gardezi said Gen Musharraf was the root cause of all these problems. He added that the president should hold general elections in time and hand over the government to elected representatives.