Joint session of Parliament under way to discuss Indian aggression

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ISLAMABAD: The joint session of the Parliament under Speaker Asad Qaiser is under way for a second day to discuss the motion tabled by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan in the wake of India’s violation of the Line of Control (LoC).
The joint session of the Parliament will give a strong message to India that the nation is united in face of its aggression.
Prime Minister Imran Khan during a joint session of Parliament on Thursday had announced, Pakistan will release captured Indian air force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday (today) today as a gesture of peace towards New Delhi and a de-escalation effort in favour of regional peace.
He added that efforts for de-escalation should not be considered a weakness. “All issues should be resolved through dialogue. Despite us opening the Kartarpur corridor, we received no response from India.”
“When the Pulwama attack happened, we were blamed within 30 minutes,” he lamented. “I’m not saying that India has a part to play in it but I asked them to share evidence.”
Lauding the Pakistani media, the premier had said, “Indian media created war hysteria. Our media showed solidarity and acted responsibly.”
The premier said, “We had understood that they [India] will do something. PM Imran explained, “The only purpose of our strike was to demonstrate our capability and will. We did not want to inflict any casualty on India as we wanted to act in a responsible manner.”
“I had said that if India does something then we will respond,” he asserted. PM Imran continued, “India violated the UN Charter.” The premier said, “India gave us a dossier today, two days after they attacked us.”
“Countries are ruined because of miscalculation. War is not a solution. If India takes any action, we will have to retaliate,” he asserted.
Stressing that talks with Kashmir are important, the premier cautioned, “The situation should not get out of hand or Pakistan will have to retaliate.”
“I hope the international community will play its part to ensure the situation does not escalate beyond this,” the prime minister added.
PM Imran had also said he attempted to hold a telephone call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tell him we want de-escalation.

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