India is getting kicked around: Arun Jaitley on Afzal Guru resolution

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 08:41 hrs

New Delhi: Lawmakers of both Houses on Friday slammed Pakistan for its resolution in their parliament condemning Indian parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging and demanding return of his body to his family in Kashmir.

The Lok Sabha passed a resolution rejecting a motion of the Pakistan national assembly.

"Lok Sabha rejects the resolution passed by (the) Pakistan assembly against the hanging of Afzal Guru," Speaker Meira Kumar said, reading out the resolution. It underlined that Jammu and Kashmir, "including the (Pakistan) occupied territories, were an integral part of India".

The Indian opposition also turned the heat on the ruling coalition for being soft on Pakistan and the Lok Sabha had to be adjourned till noon over the issue.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister should explain their position on this issue and from various incidents like the beheading of Indian soldiers, bomb blasts in Mumbai and the latest attack in Srinagar exposed the intentions of Pakistan.

"We need to revisit the policy of dialogue with Pakistan, which has crossed all limits. All dialogues with them should be stopped," BJP's Jaitley said.

He said India's worst fears came true with the passing of the Afzal Guru resolution in Pakistan's parliament.

Jaitley said, "If India can be kicked around in this manner, there is something seriously wrong about our external policy." He added: "We need to relook at it."

Jaitley said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been magnanimous in saying that he was willing to walk an extra mile with Pakistan. "Forget about walking an extra mile, we need to stop walking with them," he added.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning Rajiv Shukla said all parliamentarians are unanimous that "Pakistan should not have made such a resolution and we condemn it."

He said it can be debated.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said India is taking several slaps by Pakistan and it is time for India to reverse the trend.

Pakistan's Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution condemning last month's hanging of Afzal Guru, a convict of the 2002 attack on the Indian Parliament, and demanded the return of his body to his family.

Reacting to the resolution, India's Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid said, "This shows Pakistan's unhealthy interest in matters of our country."

"Pakistan should restrict themselves to their issues," Khurshid was quoted as saying.

Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Feb 9. The execution took place at 8 am and he was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.

Guru's execution was initially scheduled for Oct 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru's wife filed a mercy petition with the President.

In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.

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