Reaffirming her full support for US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, PPP Central Secretary Information Fouzia Wahab on Friday underlined that everyone must think before he speaks against the US as it had given us a lot and in return we ought to respect it thick and thin.

Fouzia expressed the views while talking to the media after her meeting with Richard Holbrooke in the capital Islamabad.

Except one member, no other party member asked Holbrooke about the new policy of screening Pakistani passengers at the US airports and drone attacks in Pakistan, she emphasized.

Fouzia accepted the claim of Holbrooke about the anti-US sentiments that exist in the minds of Pakistanis.

She said that relations between US and Pakistan were more than four decades old and “we have seen many ups and downs in this period. The US must be given top priority for doing so many things for Pakistan and we must not disrespect it,” Fouzia held.

Don’t blame the US for what is happening in Pakistan, she said. The US is standing with us and has been helping Pakistan in different fields including that of war against terrorism, she added.

Fouzia further added that despite giving us plenty of financial aid we are against the US which is beyond her imagination. (News sourced from TheNation)

Holbrooke displeased by media criticism against US


LAHORE: US special envoy Richard Holbrooke has expressed displeasure over the Pakistani media’s criticism of the US, and conveyed his concerns to Pakistani politicians, reported a private TV channel on Friday.

According to the channel, PML-N leader Tehmina Daultana said Holbrooke got upset when politicians started criticising the US at a meeting with the US envoy.

PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said Holbrooke had been upset by the lack of acknowledgment of positive steps taken by the US for Pakistan.

Key leaders of the ruling and opposition parties who met Holbrooke included ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab, MQM leader Farooq Sattar, the PML-Q’s Salim Saifullah Khan, Aftab Sherpao, and PML-N leaders Tehmina Daultana, Khurram Dastagir and Muhammad Ishaq Dar.

Senator Ishaq Dar later said the politicians at the meeting told Holbrooke that the US should contribute substantially in mega projects for energy.

However, Holbrooke said the Pakistani media should acknowledge the US role in Pakistan’s development, to allow Obama administration to show the US Congress the Pakistani response. He said acknowledgment of the US role would help get more aid for Pakistan.

Separately, addressing reporters at Parliament House, Asfandyar said, “We appreciate the visit by US special envoy Richard Holbrooke to Swat and his government’s humanitarian assistance for development. He said the US commitment to rebuild Swat was a sign that “they are serious about helping the country defeat the militants”.

However, he said Pakistan’s concerns over US drone attacks and new screening measures had been expressed at the politicians’ meeting with Holbrooke. (News sourced from the Daily Times)