ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Sunday formally protested to the US Ambassador in Islamabad over reports that the National Security Agency of the US had been spying on the party in 2010.
The protest was communicated through a letter by party Secretary General and former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf to US Ambassador Richard G Olson. The letter also demanded appropriate amends “for this insensitivity towards the PPP and the people of Pakistan” and asked for refraining from repetition of such action. Conveying serious disappointment of the party Raja Pervez Ashraf described the spying as a “very grave, unwarranted and totally unacceptable interference” in the affairs of a political party of a sovereign state. Cautioning against spying on political parties and interference in the affairs of sovereign countries Raja Pervez Ashraf said that this attitude will “only increase distrust and suspicion already noticeably present in the people of Pakistan towards the government of the United States”.
“The PPP strongly resents and deplores this overbearing attitude of a US government department,” the letter further said. Earlier this week, Pakistan had formally lodged a protest with the US over its surveillance of the PPP and condemned the National Security Agency’s surveillance programme for spying on the PPP.
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