US Muslim ban: Bilawal Bhutto warns Trump administration for including Pakistan
The PPP leader said the much criticised Muslim ban "seems to be extremely controversial decision" of the current White House administration
Pakistan Peoples Party chairman and next Prime Minister to be Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has come against Donald Trump administration's travel ban list including his country, saying a move like that will create a "host of hostilities" between the two countries.
Bilawal's statements came at a time when the US is planning to expand the list of Muslim countries whose citizens are not allowed from entering the country.
"As far as the ban is concerned, I believe it only has detrimental effects on the countries it has included and if that is extended to Pakistan it will create a whole host of hostilities," the young Bhutto told a Washington audience.
The PPP leader said the much decried Muslim ban "seems to be extremely controversial decision" of the current White House administration.
"For my generation as a progressive Muslim in the world it is really discouraging to see countries responding to the fear of the other in such a way. We have learned through history that this is not the way to deal with such issues," Bilawal said.
"I know by interaction, by finding common ground, studying in other peoples universities, learning about a shared culture, history we find the common ground. A few criminals should not be allowed to spoil the situation for everyone," he added.
"It is very discouraging for those out there in the Muslim world fighting radical extremism because people (put) their lives on the line on a daily basis to do so, to fight for what they believe in, not Americans ideals or freedom," he remarked.
Bilawal said he was extremely excited to see in what he described as another side to America.
"The outpouring of support for the people affected by this ban is a very positive message sending to the world. I do hope that this issue will be sorted out very soon. Because this is sending a wrong message and is shrinking the space for those of us out there fighting Islamic extremism on the front lines," Bilawal said.
"I feel for the citizens of all these countries who have been thrown into chaos through these (executive orders)," he said.