PPP formally protests to the United States over spying revelations
Calls for making appropriate amends
Islamabad July 6, 2014: Pakistan Peoples Party has formally protested to the United States Ambassador in Islamabad over the reports that the National Security Agency of the US has been spying on the PPP in 2010 and demanded making of appropriate amends for this insensitivity towards the PPP and the people of Pakistan and refrain from its repetition.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the formal protest was communicated through a letter addressed by Secretary General of the Party former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to Mr. Richard G. Olson the US Ambassador in Islamabad on Friday.
Conveying serious disappointment of the Party Raja Pervez Ashraf described the spying as a “very grave, unwarranted and totally unacceptable interference” in the affairs of a political Party of a sovereign and slammed it as “against the international law” and violating “recognized diplomatic norms”, he said.
Cautioning against spying on political parties and interference in the affairs of sovereign countries Raja Pervez Ashraf said that this attitude will “only increase distrust and suspicion already noticeably present in the people of Pakistan towards the government of the United States”. The PPP strongly resents and deplores this overbearing attitude of a US government department, it further said.
Following is the text of the PPP letter to the US Ambassador.
Subject: National Security Agency’s spying on Pakistan Peoples Party
The Pakistan Peoples is gravely disappointed over the disclosure made in the recently de-classified documents that the National Security Agency of the USA has been spying on the PPP in 2010.
Spying on a political party of Pakistan is a very grave, unwarranted and totally unacceptable interference not only in the affairs of the Party but also in the affairs of a sovereign country which has already been strongly condemned by the Party in a press statement by its Spokesperson. It is against the international law and violates recognized diplomatic norms.
The Party believes that it owes no explanation to any foreign agency. It therefore strongly resents and deplores the overbearing attitude of the NSA in assuming a right to interfere in other countries and their political parties. This attitude of a department of the US government towards a popular Pakistani political party will only increase distrust and suspicion already noticeably present in the people of Pakistan towards the government of the United States.
As Secretary General of the Party I am constrained to formally lodge this protest in the hope and expectation that the US government will look into it and make appropriate amends.
Furthermore, that such insensitivity will not be shown to the PPP and the people of Pakistan in future.
Assuring you Excellency of our highest consideration,
Raja Pervez Ashraf
Mr. Richard G. Olson
Ambassador of the United States