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National Assembly session today

National Assembly session today
August 29, 2017
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The session of the National Assembly will be held at 3pm at the parliament house in Islamabad on Tuesday (today). Important matters of national and international importance will be discussed in both houses of the parliament. The National Assembly will discuss country’s foreign policy and important decisions are likely to be taken in this regard. The lower house of the parliament is expected to pass a resolution against the new US policy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also summoned a key meeting of the ambassadors of different countries on September 5. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in an interview with the New York based Bloomberg News agency had said that Pakistan will not allow anybody to fight Afghanistan’s battle on Pakistan’s soil and Islamabad doesn’t harbor terrorists. He said: “From Day One, we have been saying very clearly the military strategy in Afghanistan has not worked, and it will not work.” Abbasi said Pakistan is willing to work with all countries including India, from which Trump sought help to develop Afghanistan’s economy, to achieve regional stability. Still, he added the Afghan government should be “owning” the issue and dealing with the Taliban. On August 21, Trump set out his administration’s new “path forward” for Afghanistan, where US-led forces have been fighting a 16-year war against Taliban, al Qaeda, and other extremist groups attempting to overthrow the government in Kabul. In setting out the new strategy, Trump also took aim at Pakistan, saying Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering “safe havens” to extremist groups, a claim Islamabad denies. In an apparent response, Pakistan postponed a visit by US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells due to begin on August 28. “At the request of the government of Pakistan, Acting Assistant Secretary Wells’ trip has been postponed until a mutually convenient time,” the US Embassy in Islamabad said. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on August 27 said the administration’s new strategy in Afghanistan is designed to put pressure on the Taliban to enter into negotiations with Kabul by “sending a message…that we are not going anywhere.” “I think the president’s been clear that this is a dramatic shift in terms of the military strategy,” Tillerson said.