LS rejects Pakistan Parliament resolution on Afzal Guru

Arun Jaitley Photo: PTI

New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI): Rejecting Pakistan Parliament’s resolution on execution of Afzal Guru, Lok Sabha today termed it as interference in India’s internal affairs and told it to desist from such acts of support for extremist and terrorist elements.

The Lok Sabha passed a resolution asserting 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”.

It said that any attempt from any quarter to interfere in India’s internal affairs will be met “resolutely and with complete unity” of the nation.

“This House totally rejects the Resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on March 14,2013,” said the Lok Sabha resolution read out by Speaker Meira Kumar after concern was raised 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 Lok Sabha resolution said.

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

Meanwhile, leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley asked the government to reconsider its engagements with Pakistan in light of yesterday’s resolution.

“The government of India will have to seriously consider how to deal with Pakistan,” he said, adding, “As long as this resolution remains, we should seriously forget normalising ties.” He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been talking about walking an extra mile in normalising ties with Pakistan but after yesterday’s resolution, he should “forget walking even an extra inch.”

Jaitley said the beheading of Indian soldiers, blasts in Hyderabad and the attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar have finally culminated in the resolution that showed “the intent of Pakistan.”

Attacking UPA government’s foreign policy, he cited “failures” in Male.

“If India can be kicked around, then there is something seriously wrong with our foreign policy,” he said, demanding a discussion on the foreign policy.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said the Pakistani Parliament resolution is condemnable and told the members that the government was ready for a discussion on the foreign policy.


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