Islamabad: The US Embassy has hold the visa application of Pakistan’s Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Gafoor Haidri, who was expected to travel the United States for an scheduled two member delegation to attend the meeting of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The meeting is scheduled on February 13 & 14.

According to Sources, Senator Lt General (retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi,  who was to accompany the deputy chairman, was granted a visa just two days before. Senate secretariat applied officially for both the senators, Sources revealed.

The Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has Taken the notice of the issue and has issued directives to the secretariat, not to entertain any US delegation or Diplomats until the issue is resolved, Said in an official statement issued by Senate Secretariat.

“No delegation, member of Congress or diplomat of the US will be welcomed by the Senate of Pakistan, Senate Standing Committees and the senators in their official capacity till this issue is resolved,” Rabbani said in a statement issued to media on Saturday morning.

The statement said following the directives of the Senate chairman, the visit has been called off. It said Rabbani had ordered that no Senate delegation would visit the US until its diplomatic mission explained the delay in issuance of a visa to Haidri.