ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties criticizing the foreign policy of the government have said that Pakistan is becoming isolated.

In their speeches on cut motions in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the opposition members said that economy should be strengthened for an independent foreign policy.

The opposition members termed efforts of Foreign Office insufficient for getting membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group [NSG]. They said efforts were not made for export of Pakistani manpower abroad.

They criticized the performance of Pakistani missions abroad to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis. They demanded that foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in view the changes taken place in the region.

Shaikh Rashid Ahmad, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shaikh Salahuddin, Ayesha Syed, Jamshed Dasti, Mussarat Rafique Mahesar, Imran Khattak, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Shazia Marri took part in the discussion.

Speaking on the occasion, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said work is going on border management with Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan is pursuing a balanced policy based on non-interference and protection of national interests and nuclear assets. He pointed out that Pakistan is making successful efforts for non-entry of India into Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The Adviser said Pakistan is now more confident and stable position. He said ties with regional countries are being strengthened. The Adviser said Pakistan enjoy excellent relations with the Muslim countries.