Pakistan Parliament on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the ‘blatant Indian aggression’ tabled by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Geo News reported.
The resolution read: The joint session of the Parliament strongly condemns the blatant Indian aggression on February 26 and 27, 2019 which is completely in violation of the United Nations charter, international law and inter-state laws.
The resolution ‘rejected India’s self-serving and fictitious claims of having destroyed alleged terrorist camps and caused heavy casualties’.
“The facts on the ground clearly contradict India’s false claims and have been testified by independent observers,” the resolution said.
It further ‘condemned India’s baseless allegations’ in the aftermath of Pulwama attack on February 14 which killed 49 CRPF personnel, calling it ‘politically motivated’, and recalled the statements of all political parties and the Pakistani premier offering Pakistan’s assistance to India after the incident.
It stated that India’s ‘reckless actions had impaired the peace and stability of the region’, while endorsing ‘the National Security Committee’s decision to respond to Indian aggression at the timing and place of its own choice’.
Further recalling the statement issued after a special meeting of the National Command Authority where Pakistan made clear that India had committed aggression, the resolution restated that ‘the entire Pakistani nation stands united behind its armed forces’.
It reaffirmed ‘Pakistan’s resolve to respond effectively in a befitting manner to India’s aggression as illustrated by the Pakistan Air Force on February 27’, and called upon the international community especially the UNSC to ‘condemn in unambiguous terms India’s highly irresponsible act endangering peace and stability in the region’.
It further welcomed ‘strong condemnation’ by the OIC’s Kashmir Contact Group of ‘the brutal killings, LoC violation by Indian military on February 26’, but noted with ‘deep disapprobation that after India attacked Pakistan, a founding member of OIC, Indian foreign minister was invited as a guest of honour at the OIC meeting’.
The resolution also ‘strongly condemned the attacks on Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir and the mass arrests of Kashmiris and Hurriyat leaders, and rejected India’s attempts to project Kashmiris’ right to self-determination as terror’.
In conclusion, it ‘echoed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call to avoid further escalation and urged the Parliament of India to hold a joint session for de-escalation and dialogue between Pakistan and India’.
The tensions between the two countries have escalated following the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir, which killed 49 CRPF personnel and which was claimed by militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Following the attack, the Foreign Secretary of India had said on Tuesday that they have ‘struck the biggest camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot in the pre-dawn ‘preemptive strikes across the Line of Control’.
“India struck the biggest camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot and a large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis planning terror strikes were eliminated,” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said.
Gokhale had added that India’s “non-military preemptive action” was specifically targeted at the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp.
“Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country and Fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose,” he had said.
“India has given proof many times seeking action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and others at terror camps so big, that they can train hundreds of jihadis and terrorists at any given time. But due to Pakistan’s inaction, this step was necessary and had to be taken,” he had said.
Earlier, India has said that they carried out a pre-dawn strike on a ‘militant camp’ across the Line of Control soon after Pakistan army said that Indian fighter jets were forced to leave after they crossed the LoC in Muzaffarabad sector.
According to reports, the strike was carried out at around 3:30 Tuesday morning by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets. The aircraft dropped, according to reports, ‘1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on a major militant camp across the Line of Control, completely destroying it’, news agency ANI reported, quoting Air Force sources.
Earlier, Pakistan Army claimed that the Indian military planes “intruded” from the Muzaffarabad sector but were forced to go back after Pakistan Air Force “immediately scrambled”.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during a joint Parliament session on Thursday said that as a gesture of peace, they would return captured Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan to India.
He further stated that he was ready for talks with India and de-escalate tensions between both countries.
During the session, he said that the reason of escalation between India and Pakistan was the Kashmir dispute.
“All of this is because of Kashmir,” PM Khan said while addressing a joint session of parliament.
“I want to ask the Indian public about all that has happened over the past 4 years. There is an indigenous movement in Kashmir. At one point, Kashmiri leaders had not wanted separation, but because of Indian brutality, today all they demand is independence.”