Tell India to respect 2003 ceasefire deal: NA to government
14 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution condemning unprovoked aggression by the Indian military across the Line of Control (LoC) and asked the government to clearly convey to India that it must respect the Ceasefire Agreement 2003 in letter and spirit.
"This House unanimously condemns the unprovoked aggression by Indian military forces across the Line of Control (LoC) in recent days. It also condemns the attacks on the Pakistan High Commission and the demonstrations outside the PIA offices in New Delhi and the efforts to prevent the Friendship Bus from proceedings to Pakistan. It deplores the unjustified public vilification of Pakistan in the Indian media," read the resolution moved by Minister of Science and Technology Zahid Hamid.
"This House endorses the prime minister's forceful statement urging effective steps to ensure the ceasefire on the LoC; not to allow the situation to drift and to take steps to improve atmosphere by engaging constructively with a view to building trust and confidence. This House accordingly calls upon the government to clearly convey to the government of India the necessity to respect and uphold the Ceasefire Agreement 2003 in letter and spirit," the resolution added.
It further said that "this house also reiterates that Pakistan shall continue to extend diplomatic, political and moral support for the just and legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realisation of their right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolutions." The Lower House of parliament forcefully said that while Pakistan is committed to working for peace with its neighbours, it remains steadfast in its resolve to fully defend its sovereignty, territorial borders and national interests. It saluted the armed forces and assured them of its fullest support in achieving this objective.
Earlier, the House suspended agenda of the day on the request of Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed for a discussion over the issue. Addressing the House, Sheikh Rasheed urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take the nation into confidence and give a policy statement over the issue. He said that Pakistan had made several attempts to normalise relations with India but "India had not accepted the existence of Pakistan as an independent state till date". He said the people who think that Indian approach on Pakistan has changed are wrong.
No talks until Pakistan allays concerns: India
India said on Tuesday that it would not hold talks with Pakistan until matters concerning the Line of Control (LoC) and the alleged killing of five Indian soldiers were addressed.
"We welcome Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's hand of friendship. However, we want to tell Pakistan that there will be no talks if Islamabad fails to respond to New Delhi's concerns," Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told a press conference in New Delhi. Akbaruddin also asked Pakistan to "respond immediately on killing of five Indian soldiers along the LoC recently".
He added, "We welcome newly-elected Pakistan PM's commitment, which is defined by peace and cooperation. However, we would like to make it clear that there will be no talks until Pakistan responds to the killing of our soldiers."
The spokesperson also cautioned by saying when there is unprovoked firing along the LoC then naturally there will be consequences in bilateral ties. He stated that maintaining peace on LoC is one of the most important Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries "hence it is important for Pakistan to stop allowing its soil to be used for launching terror attacks against India".
Separately, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters that New Delhi was still in a sense of shock over "ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir" and called for a return to peace along the border.