Parliament resolution a clear message to Pakistan: Khurshid
The parliament resolution rejecting Pakistan's "interference in the internal affairs of India" would give a clear message to Islamabad on New Delhi's unity and sovereignty, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said today.delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2013 16:35 IST
The parliament resolution rejecting Pakistan's "interference in the internal affairs of India" would give a clear message to Islamabad on New Delhi's unity and sovereignty, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said on Friday.
"India stands for sovereignty, unity... I am grateful to the members of the house, and it will give a clear message to Pakistan," Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament House soon after the Lok Sabha passed the resolution.
"The peace process is indivisible... Pakistan will have to take us as we are.. the entire state (of Jammu and Kashmir) is part of it, and we want peace with that, not without that," he said.
The Lok Sabha passed a resolution rejecting Pakistan's interference in the internal affairs of India and called upon the National Assembly of Pakistan "to desist from acts of support for extremists and terrorists".
It also stressed that Jammu and Kashmir, including the Pakistan-occupied territory, was an integral part of India.
"The house reiterates that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir including territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan is and shall always be an integral part of India," speaker Meira Kumar said.
She cautioned that "any attempt from any quarter to interfere in the internal affairs of India will be met resolutely and with complete unity of our nation".
"I hope as we move forward? our peace process has to be based on commitments that have been made about not using Pakistani territory to inflict injury on India and Indian people, and we reiterate that?," said Khurshid.
India has also cancelled the bilateral hockey series slated for April-May. Both Hockey India (HI) and Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had planned a two-legged bilateral series.
Pakistan were scheduled to play a five-match series in India April 5-15. India were then slated to tour the neighbours for the second leg of the series, also comprising five matches, from April 23.
Pakistan's National Assembly passed a resolution Thursday condemning the Feb 9 hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in Delhi's Tihar jail.
First Published: Mar 15, 2013 16:30 IST