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India rejects Pakistan parliament’s resolution criticising Afzal’s hanging

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New Delhi, March 15, 2013-Indian Parliament on Friday rejected the Pakistan National Assembly’s resolution passed on Thursday condemning the hanging of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Afzal Guru.

Both the Houses of Parliament passed a counter resolution that said that the Pak Assembly’s resolution condemning the execution of Parliament attacker amounted to interference in India’s internal affairs.

The strongly worded resolution was first read out in the Lok Sabha by Speaker Meira Kumar. Later, the same resolution was read out in the Rajya Sabha by Chairman Hamid Ansari. It was adopted unanimously.

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“This House totally rejects the resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on March 14, 2013. The House notes that Pakistan has committed that it would not allow its territory to be used for terrorism against India and only fulfilment of commitment can be the basis for peaceful relations with Pakistan. The House rejects interference in internal affairs of India and calls upon National Assembly of Pakistan to desist from such acts of support for extremist and terrorist elements,” the resolution says.

afzal2--621x414“The House reiterates that entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, including territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan, is and shall always be an integral part of India. Any attempt from any quarter to interfere in internal affairs of India will be met resolutely and with complete unity of our nation,” it adds.

The resolution came on a day when the Opposition, led by the BJP, stalled proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament demanding a strong response from the Centre over the matter.

The BJP demanded a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the floor of the House and even called for snapping of ties with Islamabad.

INDIA TODAY