Islamabad, Aug 22: In a case of "the pot calling the kettle black", Pakistan has once again passed another anti-India resolution in its National Assembly on Thursday.
The Pakistani Parliament expressed concern over the violation of
the ceasefire on the LoC and called for a "constructive" engagement
The National Assembly or lower house of Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution, tabled by Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer, that condemned the latest incident of firing as an "act of aggression" and expressed serious concerns at the ceasefire violations.
The House called for a "constructive and result-oriented process of engagement" with India. The resolution also paid homage to Capt Sarfaraz Khan, who the army said was killed in Indian firing yesterday, and asked Pakistan's civil and military leadership to strengthen the countrys defence.
The Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC), the highest forum for decision-making on security issues, met today to chalk out a strategy to deal with tensions on the Line of Control.
Last week also, Pakistan's National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution accusing Indian troops of "unprovoked aggression" on the LoC and extending support to the "struggle" of the Kashmiri people.
The earlier resolution condemned the "unprovoked aggression by Indian military forces across the LoC in recent days".
The recent ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops has put the Indo-Pak ties at an all-time low.
Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan today
Even as they have passed an anti-India resolution, Pakistani troops again violated the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district at two places, an army spokesman said.
"Pakistani troops used small arms, automatics and mortars to target our positions in Mendhar and Hamirpur areas of the LoC yesterday (Wednesday) night. Our troops retaliated to the enemy fire. The firing exchanges started at 10.30 pm and continued for about one hour,Col RK Palta told a news agency.
Five Indian soldiers were killed on August 6 by Pakistani troops who crossed over into Indian territory.
India non-committal about possibility of PM-Sharif meeting
As tensions along the LoC are continuing, the External Affairs ministry stressed that India expects Pakistan to abide by its publicly stated commitment not to allow its territory or territories under its control for violence or terrorism against India.
Meanwhile, Pak PM Nawaz Sharif has been maintaining that he looks forward to meeting his counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York next month.
(With Agency inputs)