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India’s two houses reject NA resolution

August 15, 2013
This picture shows an Indian army soldier near the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC). — Photo by Reuters
This picture shows an Indian army soldier near the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC). — Photo by Reuters

NEW DELHI: The Indian parliament on Wednesday “rejected” a resolution passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly, saying it levelled “absolutely baseless and unfounded” allegations against India. It alleged that Pakistan Army was actually involved in “unprovoked” attack on the Line of Control (LoC) last week.

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha unanimously adopted identical resolutions condemning Pakistan Army for “indulging in the attacks” and asked the government of Pakistan to abide by the ceasefire commitment of 2003 along the international border and the LoC “in letter and spirit”.

The two houses said the Pakistan Army was “indulging in attacks at a time when efforts are being made to establish a long-lasting framework of peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties so that both the countries may henceforth devote their resources and energies to the pressing task of advancing the welfare of their people”.

The resolutions read out by Chairman Hamid Ansari in Rajya Sabha and Speaker Meira Kumar in Lok Sabha said: “This House rejects and deplores the resolutions passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on August 13, 2013 and the Federal Assembly of Punjab which made absolutely baseless and unfounded allegations against the Indian Army and the people of India.”

Both the houses underlined that “there should be absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind, including members of the Pakistan National Assembly that it was the Pakistan Army that was involved in unprovoked attack on an Indian Army patrol on our side of the LoC”.

By arrangement with Times of India