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Sharif calls for joint session of parliament over Trump’s remarks

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has called for a joint session of the both houses of parliament to discuss US President Donald Trump’s anti-Pakistan tweet and hammer out a uniform policy towards Washington.

After his return from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night, the former premier held a meeting with his close aides to discuss the recent political developments, his trip to the kingdom, and Trump’s scathing remarks about Pakistan.

Sources said the participants of the meeting took the view that anti-Pakistan tweet by Trump was unwarranted and negated the realities. They said Pakistan played a vital role to eradicate terrorism.

Nawaz Sharif directed Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to call a joint session of parliament to discuss the situation.

Abbasi a day earlier chaired a National Security Committee meeting of civilian and military chiefs, focusing on Trump’s tweet. The meeting, which lasted nearly three hours, followed an earlier meeting of the army generals.

The committee, in a statement issued by the prime minister’s office, did not name Trump but spoke of “deep disappointment” at a slew of critical comments from U.S. officials over the past few months.

“Recent statements and articulation by the American leadership were completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation,” it said.

The committee reaffirmed that Pakistanis are a people who hold dear their national pride, who are capable of defending their country, and who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to counter terrorism and to work for regional peace and stability.

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