Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah, proposed on Wednesday calling a Joint Session of Parliament after Eid so a ‘strong’ response can be given to the new US policy for Pakistan.

The opposition leader termed US President Donald Trump’s new policy statement for Pakistan of ‘huge significance’.

He is speaking in the National Assembly during its session.

Shah criticised Pakistan’s poor relations with most of its neighbours.

The Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior leader came down hard on former ambassador Abdul Basit’s scathing letter to Pakistan’s envoy in US Aizaz Chaudhry.

“This is a failure of governance,” said Shah.

Earlier, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed addressed the assembly. He too criticised Basit’s letter, saying it was embarrassing to see news of it in the media.

He said the government should open backdoor diplomacy with the US.

Former interior minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan is also present at the session.