Well Done Raza Rabbani
Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who was to
represent Pakistan at the UN-sponsored International Parliamentary Union (IPU)
being held in New York next week would not be able to do so as the US has
failed to issue the visa to him.
Though the Maulana was not expected to contribute much on an issue entitled
“World of blue: preserving the oceans, safeguarding the planet, ensuring human
well-being in the context of the 2030 agenda”, nor would he be any conspicuous
by his absence there in a galaxy of hundreds of delegates from all over the
world, yet the Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani’s orders to boycott the New York
moot and not to entertain any American diplomats in the Senate is highly
commendable. Well Done, Sir.
Was the visa refused because of the Maulana Haideri being the Secretary
General of the JUI (F), which the US considers to be a fundamentalist party or
for some other reason? The US certainly owes the Pak Govt. an explanation for
Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)