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Absolutely yes: PTI wants US military aid to Pakistan linked with human rights situation

PTI US leaders urge Congressman Greg Casar to do his part in bringing resolution against human rights violations

By Web Desk
June 05, 2023
A still taken from a video showing PTI focal person in the US Sajjad Burki (left) US Congressman Greg Casar and PTI worker Atif Khan. — Twitter/@SajjadBurki
A still taken from a video showing PTI focal person in the US Sajjad Burki (left) US Congressman Greg Casar and PTI worker Atif Khan. — Twitter/@SajjadBurki

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers in the United States have urged Congressman Greg Casar to sponsor a bill linking Washington's military aid to Pakistan to the human rights situation.

The move comes after PTI's senior leader Shahbaz Gill, registered himself as PTI's "foreign agent" in the US, as the party workers scramble to get US support for its anti-state narrative.

PTI's focal person in the US Sajjad Burki and party member Atif Khan met Congressman Greg Casar and requested him to do his part in bringing a resolution against the human rights violations in Pakistan.

While asking Casar's support for the resolution, Burki said that 86 members of the US Congress had signed PTI's petition so they want him to become a part of it as well.

“You should be able to count on me to be somebody who is asking questions about how the US could be supporting democracy and human rights in Pakistan and other places," the Congressman said in response.

Earlier, Khan thanked Casar for joining them in Houston, Texas, after being asked to make a statement about the current conditions in Pakistan

“We would request you to address some of the conditions we’ve talked about earlier, and we request you as a Congressperson here in the US to address those situations,” Khan said.

In response, Casar said that he knew how "important it is for us to have human rights and democracy not just here in the US but everywhere we can".

He said that "repression" against the press and equal participation and everything being said about Pakistan "hurts our economy".

He affirmed the commitment to continue to work together to find a solution where people can choose their government and where the military is there for the safety and not interfering in the democracy.

PTI has been hit with an exodus of leaders following the May 9 violent leaders, with its senior leadership parting ways after condemning the attacks on military installations.