Senators slam US screening system for Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Senators in the upper house of the Parliament strongly slammed the new US screening system for Pakistani citizens at the US airports and termed it against basic human rights and demanded its withdrawal, on Tuesday.

The issue came under discussion on the adjournment motion moved by Senator Raza Rabbani and Deputy Chairman Jan Muhammad Jamali.

Senator S.M Zafar announced that he would no longer be visiting the US even if he were invited by the US government, as a mark of protest on this new system.

Senators belonging to various parties took part in the debate and demanded that Pakistan may be deleted from the list of the countries whose citizens would have to go through the new security system.

During the question hour, Minister for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad Khan informed the Senate that Pakistan Embassy in the US has sent several notes to the US State Department requesting for withdrawing charges against Dr. Aafia Siddiqui her repatriation to Pakistan on humanitarian grounds and also because of her deteriorating mental condition.

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