Pakistan Retaliates after US Denies Politician Visa

United States (Tasnim) – The chairman of Pakistan’s senate said the body will not welcome any US delegation, member of Congress or dignitary in Islamabad.

The move comes after the US failed to issue a visa to the senate’s deputy chairman, a member of the right-wing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam political party, AP reported.

Chairman Raza Rabbani said in a statement that no Pakistani senate delegation will visit the US until an explanation for the delay in issuing a visa to Maulana Ghafoor Haideri is given by US authorities.

A US embassy spokesman in Islamabad said Sunday they could not comment on visa cases due to privacy laws.

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Haideri was to travel Sunday to New York to attend a meeting at the United Nations.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is known for pro-Taliban and anti-US stances.

This report prepared by Tasnim News Agency