Parliament ‘condemns’ Pakistan National Assembly’s Afzal Guru resolution

Infuriated at Pakistan's audacity,Indian Parliamentarians issued a stern warning.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published:March 15, 2013 2:30 pm

Hitting back at Pakistan for the resolution passed by its National Assembly on Afzal Guru,both Houses of Parliament today unanimously asked that country not to interfere in India’s internal affairs and desist from acts of support for extremist and terrorist elements.

In identical resolutions moved by Presiding officers – Speaker Meira Kumar in Lok Sabha and Chairman Hamid Ansari in Rajya Sabha – both the Houses asserted that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir,including the territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan,”is and shall always be an integral part of India”.

Emphasising that any attempt to interfere in India’s internal affairs will be met “resolutely and with complete unity” of the nation,Parliament asked Pakistan to fulfil its commitment not to allow terrorism from its soil if it wants peaceful relations with India.

“This House totally rejects the Resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on March 14,2013,” said the resolutions adopted unanimously by both the Houses after concern was expressed over the development.

Pakistan’s National Assembly yesterday passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and demanded that his body be returned to his family.

“The House rejects interference in the internal affairs of India and calls upon the National Assembly of Pakistan to desist from such acts of support for extremist and terrorist elements,” the resolution said.

Noting that Pakistan has committed that it would not allow its territory to be used for terrorism against India,the resolutions said,”Only fulfilment of this commitment can be the basis for peaceful relations with Pakistan.”

Parliament’s strong reply came after BJP and other parties demanded a resolution condemning Pakistan’s interference in India’s internal affairs and said there cannot be normalisation of ties with that country after its polity’s stamp of approval to the terror attack on Indian Parliament.

Earlier,Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said India should seriously forget even walking an “extra yard” in normalising relations with Pakistan as he slammed the Government’s foreign policy over the way the country was being “kicked” around.

He said Pakistan National Assembly’s resolution was an “official stamp of approval” of that country’s entire polity on the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament,”one of the worst” terrorist strikes in this country.

“Besides interfering in India’s internal affairs,the resolution is an official statement by the entire polity of Pakistan endorsing the terrorist attacks,” Jaitley said while raising the issue when the House met for the day.

The BJP leader noted that India had always suspected the hand of Pakistan in the Parliament attack and said,”Yesterday’s resolution seems to have confirmed our fears” that the attacks were planned and executed by Pakistan.

Underlining that “we should seriously forget normalising ties” as long as the Pakistan National Assembly’s resolution remains,he said,”Government of India will have to seriously consider how to deal with Pakistan.”

Pointing out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been talking magnanimously about walking an “extra mile” in normalising ties with Pakistan,Jaitley said,”After a series of provocations,we would like to urge him that forget a mile,

he should now forget walking even an extra yard. Pakistan does not deserve this.”

On the contrary,”Pakistan should now go the extra two miles for us to resume normal relations,” Jaitley said.

Attacking the foreign policy,he said,”Whether it is Male or it is Rome,or it is Islamabad,I think we seriously need to discuss our foreign policy and where it is leading us,because if India can be kicked around in this manner internationally,then there is something seriously wrong in the manner in which we are managing our external affairs.”

In the Lok Sabha,senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha raised the issue and demanded a resolution to give a “befitting reply” to Pakistan.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the government was concerned about Pakistani resolution and urged the Speaker to move the resolution.

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