The Kerry-Lugar Bill continued to face the wrath of the opposition on Thursday in the National Assembly.

The opposition termed the bill “strategic sell-out of Pakistan’s sovereignty”, suggesting the government to follow the sentiments of parliament and the people of Pakistan rather to go blindly for the peanuts.

The treasury benches had the sole voice of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali, who supported the Kerry-Lugar Bill, saying that it was a massive shift in the US policy by supporting the elected civilian government rather than dictators.

Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat and Aftab Sherpao rejected the bill, saying that it was not acceptable as it was against the national pride and that parliament should reject it to give a strong message to the United States. “We will stand by the government if it shows courage to reject it,” they said.

Opening the second day of the debate on the Kerry-Lugar Bill in the National Assembly, parliamentary leader of the PML-Q Faisal Saleh Hayat said the bill was against the national pride and country’s strategic institutions. “We reject this bill as a whole and won’t accept it in any shape,” he said.

Faisal said the armed forces of the country had rendered scarifies in the war against terror and removed the perception that Pakistan was a failed state. “Through this bill the insult of the armed forces would not be accepted,” he added.