Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Sunday passed a resolution condemning the recent twin terror attacks in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu region and asked Indian government to "impress upon" Pakistan to take measures for preventing such "dastardly acts" in future.
Both Houses of the state Assembly resolved unanimously to condemn the attacks and appealed to the Indian government to impress upon Pakistan to take all measures for preventing such "dastardly acts" in future for a lasting peace in the region so that initiatives taken towards peace are not "derailed".
In the Assembly, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that relations between India and Pakistan "will not improve" if such incidents continue to happen. He also said that such "dastardly" acts are "timed" to subvert the peace process that has recently been started between the two countries.
The House, which is the most legitimate democratic institution representing the aspirations of the people of the state, resolves that the movement for peace and reconciliation will be carried forward with full force and the enemies of people will be defeated, the resolution said.
Earlier, while speaking during the Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly as well as in the Council, the Chief Minister said that the terror attacks "won't defeat and weaken our resolve to bring in lasting peace in the region."
"The relations between India and Pakistan won't improve if such incidents continue to happen," he said.
Mufti also called for a greater vigil on the borders to prevent such attacks.
Stating that such dastardly acts are timed to subvert the peace process that has recently been started between India and Pakistan, the Chief Minister said such forces which are desperate to disturb peace in the region won't be allowed to succeed.
He said if we have to carry forward the process of reconciliation, such incidents should not be repeated.
Urging Pakistan to rein in "subversive" elements
operating from within its territory, the Chief Minister said a message has to go to it from our country's strongest and most powerful Assembly that incidents like Samba and Kathua won't be tolerated in future.
"The roots of democracy have grown stronger in the state. There were no incidents on borders in the state from Kathua to Kargil between 2002 to 2008. We have invested a lot in the peace process. There are some rogue elements which, in the name of religion, are carrying out such acts. These elements will not be allowed to damage the fabric of peace in the state," said Mufti said.
The Chief Minister described the recently-held Assembly elections as free, fair and transparent which he said restored the faith of the people in the democratic institutions of the state and the country.
"I urge all the people to allow the state to reap the rich dividends of peace, for which steps have been taken by the Government of India," he said.