India being kicked around Arun Jaitley on Afzal Guru resolution


A united Opposition on Friday slammed Pakistan for passing a resolution on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging, accusing the neighbouring country of meddling in India’s internal affairs.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley called for suspending dialogue with Pakistan.

“We need to revisit the policy of dialogue with Pakistan which has crossed all limits. All dialogues with them should be stopped,” BJP’s Jaitley said.

The senior leader said normalisation of ties with Pakistan was not possible in the wake of their Parliament’s resolution on Afzal Guru.

Trying to fish in troubled waters, Pakistan’s Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru and demanded the return of his body to his family.

Jaitley said “if India can be kicked around in this manner, there is something seriously wrong about our external policy”. He added: “We need to relook at it.”

Jaitley said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been magnanimous in saying that he was willing to walk an extra mile with Pakistan. “Forget about walking an extra mile, we need to stop walking with them,” he added.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said the government condemns the resolution passed in Pakistan.

The Lok Sabha was meanwhile adjourned till 11:30 am following uproar over the Pakistan Parliament resolution and other issues.

Pakistan’s National Assembly or Lower House of Parliament passed the resolution moved by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir.

Besides condemning the hanging of Guru, the 2001 Parliament attack convict, the resolution expressed concern at the situation created in Jammu and Kashmir by the execution.

The House called for Guru’s body to be handed over to his family. Guru was hanged and buried within Tihar Jail in Delhi in February.

His execution triggered protests in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have vowed to take revenge for the hanging.

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