Senators call for trial of Bush, Blair for war crimes
Pak Tribune - Muharram 29, 1424 Hijri April 02, 2003
ISLAMABAD, April 02 (Online): Opposition benches in the upper house have
called for immediate end to war against Iraq and trial of President
George Bush and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair in the international
court of justice for committing crimes against the humanity.
The senate resumed the discussion on Iraqi crisis on Tuesday. The
treasury and opposition benches participated in the debate.
The senators urged Pakistani government to adopt an effective independent
foreign policy for ensuring the safety and security of the country and
defence of borders rather than placing reliance on US.
Criticising the government for what they described flawed policies, the
opposition senators called upon the government to immediately expel the
US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents
from the country. Government should help Iraq in war imposed by the US,
The treasury benches urged the opposition senators that theyshould come
forward to provide practical assistance to Iraq.
PPP-P Senator, Farhat Ullah Babar taking exception to Pakistan Kashmir
policy said Kashmir is not jugular vein of the country. Pakistan should
establish close ties with India , he demanded.
Babar Ghauri, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Senator demanded for calling round
table conference on the issue of Iraq.
The opposition benches voiced strong protest in the house for the
critical remarks expressed by MQM senator against political and religious
Ghauri urged the opposition senators to focus on the Iraq crisis instead
of taking up the matter of Legal Frame work Order and raising other
issues in the session. " We also do not accept LFO, however it is need of
hour that we should get united".
Stressing the need for convening round table conference he said that
Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto, Altaf Hussain and other leaders should also
be invited to attend the conference.
Hitting the religious parties Ghauri said that these parties should
consider the situation with open mind adding that Iraq war is not a
crusade. Opposition is deceiving the people. If they are sincere on the
issue of Iraq they should tell how many opposition leaders had gone to
Iraq for human shield. " I am ready to move to Iraq for the sake of human
shield. Opposition should also have their names enlisted for joining
human shield, he stated.
On the remarks of Ghauri that opposition parties were only politicking on
Iraq issue, the opposition senators stood on their seats. The house
proceedings were suspended time and again due to opposition uproar.
MMA senator Shah Ahmad Noorani said that MQM had been sending the people
to London and they are sending them to Iraq.
Senator Farooq Naik termed the US-led military offensive against Iraq
unjust. US and its allies launched attack on Iraq for achieving their
objectives, he alleged. Peace should have been given a chance but UN
principles were blatantly violated in this respect, he added.
He was of the view that only UN security council should have powers to
allow to initiate any military action against any country. The US-led
attack on Iraq has divided the world, he observed.
PPP Senator Farhat Ullah Babar said that it was unfortunate that US
bypassed UN to use force against Iraq. US has introduced unilateralism.
Pakistan will have to review its foreign policy in this situation so that
we could avoid Iraq like situation, he stressed. However we will have to
see where we meet failures and where the flaws stay, he added. We have
apprehensions on the maintenance of command and control structure of
nuclear installations of the country in safe hands", he remarked.
He went on to say that former chief of ISI claimed that he had sold out
weapons to other Muslim countries without the permission of UN. What this
policy stands for, he questioned.
He maintained that there are contradictions in the policies of General
Pervez Musharraf. Kashmir is being linked to terrorism today. Kashmir is
for Kashmiris and is neither jugular vein of Pakistan nor an integral
part of India, he observed. Pakistan should not undermine its relations
with India, he urged.
Citing to Iraq war he said the war has led to create security concerns
Senator Aneesa Zeb Tahir Kheli said that the Iraqi women and children are
being targeted mostly in Iraq war. The war is illegal and unjust and
against the UN charter. The role of Organisation for Islamic Conference
and Arab League is very deplorable in this situation, he noted.
Senator Haji Liaqat Ali Bengalzai said that Pakistan foreign policy is
contrary to the wishes of people. We should convey the message to the
Iraqi people from the floor of the house that our hearts throb with them.
He termed the internal and external policies of Pakistan as no go areas.
MMA senator Professor Ghafoor Ahmad stressed that the senate should not
be ignored on important national issues. March 20 has come down in the
history as black day when Bush in defiance of world opinion attacked Iraq
with full force. US has lost its senses and is now alleging Russia, Syria
and Iran of shipping arms supply to Iraq, he added.
He held that Bush and Tony Blair are war criminals, therefore they should
be tried in the international court of justice.
He demanded of the UN Security Council to disarm the US of weapons of
mass destruction. "We should boycott US products and help Iraq in this
critical juncture", he added.
Senator Akbar Khwaja said that US real face has been exposed to the world
for savage war unleashed by it on Iraq to capture oil resources and
massacre of innocent Iraqi people.
Govt-opposition benches unanimous for joint session on Iraq
Senators both from treasury and opposition benches Tuesday demanded an
immediate convening of joint session of Parliament to discuss Iraq war.
The senators, who are discussing Iraq war in upper House of Parliament,
also stressed the need for forging national unity to avoid Iraq like
situation in Pakistan.
They were unanimous in their views that no compromise should be made on
country's nuclear program, as continuation of nuclear program was
imperative to defend the motherland from any foreign aggression.
Taking part in the debate on Iraq war Pakistan Peoples Party Patriot
Senator Rukhsana Zubairi observed that country's defense was in safe
She maintained that unanimous resolution to condemn Anglo-America led
attack against Iraq should be adopted in the Senate.
Pakistan Muslim League (N) Senator Tahira Latif insisted that war was no
solution to any problem urging an immediate end to coalition forces'
hostilities in Iraq.
She said US-British led military assault against Iraq was a clear
violation of United Nations charter.
Another Senator Syed Sajjad Hussein Bokhari warned of dangerous
consequences of ongoing US-British onslaught in Iraq saying all efforts
should be made to immediately stop war.
Bokhari said leaders like Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif, both
currently living in exile, should be brought back and a national level
round table conference must be convened to reach consensuses on Iraq
He called for summing the joint session of Parliament in order to adopt
joint resolution against Iraq war.
Abdul Latif Ansari said Iraq war was being fought between oppressors and
Rehmatullah Khan Kakar of MMA said Pakistan should help Iraqis morally
He condemned the atrocities being committed by coalition forces against
innocent Iraq civilians.
Kakar said country's foreign policy should be based on the wishes of all
The other senators in their speeches also denounced the military action