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Pak Parliament asks India to join hands in probing Mumbai attacks

world Updated: Dec 24, 2008 20:34 IST
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Pakistani parliamentarians on Wednesday waded into the war of words with India, criticising the "war hype" purportedly whipped by New Delhi and asked it to join hands in the investigation of Mumbai terror attacks.

Members of the treasury and opposition benches in the National Assembly or lower house passed a resolution unanimously condemning the Mumbai attacks but asked India to refrain "from activities undermining Pakistan's sovereignty".

Supporting the government's efforts to defuse tension in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, the resolution urged India to respond to Pakistan's proposal for a joint probe of the incident. This will address concerns related to the attacks, the resolution said.

The resolution was moved by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad Ahmed and supported by the whole house.

However, attendance in the National Assembly was thin with less than 100 members present in the 342-strong House. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and most ministers too were not present.

The resolution reaffirmed Pakistan's "strong commitment to peace, security and stability of South Asia and to eliminate terrorism in all its forms" and "condemned unsubstantiated allegations levelled in haste against Pakistan".

Pakistan is committed to pursue its "constructive engagement with India in a comprehensive manner" to build confidence and mutual trust, resolve all outstanding issues, particularly Kashmir, and establish good relations on the basis of equality, it said.