ISLAMABAD, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's major opposition party on Wednesday condemned the United States for spying on the party when it ruled the country.
According to media reports, the declassified documents have revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in 2010.
"The Pakistan Peoples Party has expressed grave disappointment over the revelation that the NSA has been spying on the PPP in 2010 and called upon the government to take up the issue at diplomatic level and seek guarantees that such grave violations of international law do not take place in the future," a PPP spokesman said.
"The revelation of spying on a major political party of Pakistan is a grave, unwarranted and totally unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country and is condemned," Senator Farhatullah Babar, spokesperson of the party, said in a statement.
Such insensitive operations and unacceptable interference in the affairs of a political party of a sovereign country will serve no purpose except to increase resentment and distrust, he said.
He said those who have violated the norms of responsible behavior by spying on the political institutions of a sovereign country owe an apology.
"The PPP is proud of its record of always acting in supreme national interest, it owes no explanation to any foreign agency and no other country, regardless of its might and power, has any right to spy on it."
A classified document revealed on Monday shows that U.S. spy agency had been sanctioned to spy on most countries and some international bodies and political parties including the PPP and the Indian Bhartiya Janta Party, which now rules in India.
Under a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, NSA was permitted to spy on 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions, political organizations and other entities, Washington Post reported.