Zee Media Bureau/Sushmita Dutta
Islamabad: Amid a spurt in tensions over incidents along the Line of Control, the National Assembly of Pakistan on Tuesday adopted an anti-India resolution condemning aggression by Indian forces.
While extending its support to the "struggle" of the Kashmiri people, Pakistan blamed India for the cross border firings on LoC.
The resolution, moved by Science and Technology Minister Zahid Hamid, a senior leader of the ruling PML-N, endorsed Sharif`s "forceful statement" for effective steps to ensure the ceasefire on the Line of Control and to improve the atmosphere by engaging constructively to build trust and confidence.
"This House forcefully reiterates that while Pakistan is committed to working for peace with its neighbours, it remains steadfast in its resolve to fully defend its sovereignty, territorial borders and national interests. It salutes its brave and valiant armed forces and assures them of its fullest support in achieving this objective," said the resolution passed unanimously by the lower house of Parliament.
This came a few hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for a `new beginning` in ties with India so that all outstanding issues can be settled in a friendly manner.
"Let us make a new beginning. Let us sit together to resolve all outstanding issues in a friendly manner and in a peaceful atmosphere," Sharif had said in a message.
Referring to Sharif`s remarks on keeping peace along the LoC, the resolution called on the government "to clearly convey to the government of India the necessity to respect and uphold the ceasefire agreement of 2003 in letter and spirit".
Clashes along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir since last month have increased tensions between the two countries.
Recently, five Indian soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir were killed in an attack along the LoC.
About 20 heavily armed terrorists along with soldiers from the Pakistani Army crossed the cease-fire line and killed the Indian soldiers.
However, Pakistan has denied that its soldiers have not killed any Indian troops.
While blaming India for aggression along the border, a Pakistani military official even said Indian troops fired without any provocation.
The National Assembly reiterated that Pakistan "shall continue to extend diplomatic, political and moral support for the just and legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realisation of their right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions".
With PTI inputs