South Asia

Pakistan adopts second anti-India resolution

Pakistan adopts second anti-India resolution

| | 22 Aug 2013, 01:52 pm
Islamabad, Aug 22: The Pakistan National Assembly or the Lower House of the Parliament on Thursday passed its second resolution condemning the ‘unprovoked firing’ by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC).

The resolution came even as Pakistani troops attacked two Indian posts at Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. 

Pakistani Army reportedly violated ceasefire more than thirty times in the last month. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan has also expressed its willingness to continue talks with India and said the Prime Ministers of both countries should meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to resolve issues.

"On the meeting in New York, I don’t have the exact date or the confirmation. Of course it has to be with the agreement of two governments. But should that opportunity arise, the leadership of Pakistan is prepared to use that occasion to serve the interest of peace," Pakistan\'s Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said on Thursday.

"Suspending the dialogue or slowing it down does not serve the peace process. In fact it helps those elements who do not wish to see peace in our region," he said.

Pakistan also confirmed that holding dialogues does not mean the country is giving up its position, rather it is a "very wise approach" by its leadership.

"Holding of dialogue does not mean giving up your positions. Dialogue is a means to discuss and resolve issues. The Jammu & Kashmir dispute is one longstanding unresolved issue between Pakistan and India. We believe serious and meaningful dialogue is needed to resolve this and other outstanding issues," Chaudhry said.

"In that regard the offer of the Prime Minister of the Pakistan to use the occasion of the UN General Assembly next month to hold a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister can provide an opportunity to discuss the steps needed to reduce tensions, build confidence and improve relations," he said.

Speaking on the ceasefire violations along the LoC, Chaudhry said there are channels available for investigation.

"From our side we have offered to the Indian side that if these channels are used optimally, it would serve the intent of observing ceasefire and the Prime Minister has even offered that if the Indian side feels that these channels are not sufficiently robust, then we are ready to discuss modalities to further strengthen them," he said.

Earlier on Wedensday, Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to register a protest over "the unprovoked firing by Indian army" across the LoC.

Speaking on the issue, Chaudhry said, "We called in the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to register our protest and convey our concern. Pakistan is following the policy of restraint, responsibility, and dialogue in the larger interest of peace in the region."

"At the same time, the people of Pakistan, the leadership and our institutions are fully capable of defending our territory and our interests. We call upon India to take steps to ensure that there are no more ceasefire violations or other provocations so that the cause of peace in the region is not undermined," he added.