Indian Parliament rejects NA’s resolution on Afzal Guru


Indian Parliament on Friday rejected Pakistan National Assembly’s (NA) resolution on execution of Afzal Guru, terming it interference in India’s internal affairs, and asked it to abstain from such acts of support for extremists and terrorists.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya 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,” reported media.
Emphasising that any attempt to interfere in India’s internal affairs will be met “resolutely and with complete unity” of the nation, it asked Pakistan to fulfil its commitment not to allow terrorism from its soil if it wanted peaceful relations with India.
“This House totally rejects the resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on March 14, 2013,” said the resolution adopted unanimously by both the Houses after concern was expressed by members and demands that there should be a befitting reply to the development.
Pakistan’s NA yesterday passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and demanded that his body be returned to his family.
Noting that Pakistan had 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”. The resolution was read out by speaker Meira Kumar in the Lok Sabha and chairman Hamid Ansari in the Rajya Sabha.
In the Lok Sabha, senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha raised the issue.
“I urge that this House (Lok Sabha) should pass a resolution to give a befitting reply to National Assembly of Pakistan’s resolution,” Sinha had said.
He said an attempt had been made to provoke the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the government was concerned about Pakistan NA’s resolution and urged the speaker to move the resolution, which was later adopted unanimously.
In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley asked the government to reconsider its engagements with Pakistan in light of Thursday’s resolution.
BJP and other opposition parties demanded a resolution condemning Pakistan’s interference in India’s internal affairs and said there cannot be normalisation of ties with that country after its polity gave a stamp of approval on the terror attack on the Indian Parliament.
“Besides interfering in India’s internal affairs, the resolution is an official statement by the entire polity of Pakistan endorsing the terrorist attacks,” Jaitley said raising the issue when the House met for the day.
Ravishankar Prasad of BJP demanded a “structured response” from the government on the issue and termed the resolution passed by Pakistan a “very sinister” resolution.