Senate committee condemns Indian aggression

Committee urges international community to take immediate notice of ceasefire violations by Indian military

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Defence, through a resolution, condemned the Indian aggression and ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC), urging the international community to take immediate notice of the violations and appreciated Pakistan’s stance by not responding to the Indian provocations.

The meeting, which was headed by Mushahid Hussain Sayed, unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday, strongly condemning India’s aggressive stance and military violations across the LOC and working boundary with Pakistan.

The committee observed that ever since Narendra Modi took over as the Indian prime minister, the Indian defence statements and actions had become aggressive, jingoistic and war-like. The committee boasted about Indian role in the dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971, openly admitting covert operation against Pakistan using terrorists as instrument of policy and going to the extent of threatening ‘limited war’ against Pakistan.

The committee urged the international community, especially the United Nations, European Union and organisation of Islamic countries to take immediate notice of this premeditated and systematic campaign on the part of the Indian government and its military, which aims at destabilise Pakistan and divert the attention from the successful and unwavering Operation Zarb Azb, launched by the Pakistan Armed Forces against the scourge of terrorism and extremism.

It further observed that aggressive and unwarranted stance comes at a time when the entire Pakistani nation, soldiers and civilians are united in combating terrorism. Since 9/11, Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism having lost over 50,000 precious lives in the struggle to combat, contain and crush terrorism, the resolution said.

The committee appreciated the policy of the Government of Pakistan not to respond to the Indian provocation and continue to offer unconditional talks and dialogue on the basis of equality and reciprocity. The defence committee strongly felt that enduring peace, security and stability in South Asia could only be attained when India abides by its commitment to the UN resolutions regarding the right of self- determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the committee was informed that 221 cross border violations have been committed by the Indian forces in which 26 civilians have embraced martyrdom and 78 got injured recently. It was informed that the Pakistan formation commanders sent 39 hotline messages at the brigade level to their counterparts in the Indian military but to no avail. Pakistan’s response to the violations has been selective and effective, aiming to target military installations and abide by the Geneva Convention.

Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Alam Khattak, in his statement before the committee, observed that our policy is that of restraint. “Pakistan is a mature state, only a fool would want a war in these circumstances. Our policy is very much clear,” Alam added.

The committee was also apprised about the compensation package for the APS martyrs to the tune of Rs183 million for 22 affectees. This includes cash compensation of Rs 3 million per affectee, education of children of the affected families and a housing package of 5-million for each of the affected family. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed termed the last year’s attack on APS as a crime against humanity and said that whole nation supports the families of the martyrs.

The meeting was attended by Senators Hidayat Ullah, Attaur Rehman, Lt Gen (r) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Farhatullah Babar, Sehar Kamran and Brig (r) John Kenneth Williams.

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