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Pakistan Senate slams India for creating war hysteria

Senator Swati believed that efforts were afoot to malign Pakistan, adding, the Mumbai attacks were a conspiracy against Pakistan hatched by a nexus of the US, India and Israel.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday castigated India for staging a drama
to implicate Pakistan in the Mumbai attacks without solid proofs, as
the legislators displayed complete unanimity in their resolve to
safeguard national integrity in case of any aggression from across
the border.

Lawmakers from across the divide challenged New Delhi to come up with
evidence, if any, of Pakistan or its citizens' involvement in the
last month's incidents. Some saw the Indian war hysteria as a global
conspiracy to disintegrate the country and a senator referred to a
New York Times report in this context.

They emphasised the need for dispatching delegations to various world
capitals to project the country's stance on terrorism and its
position in the post-terror scene that Pakistan was the biggest
victim of terrorism.

Opposition senators decried the absence of both the foreign minister
and the defence minister from the House at this critical juncture,
when vital issues relating to the nation's security in the wake of
the India's threats were being discussed.

The latest visit of Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral
Mullen, to Pakistan also echoed in the House, when Leader of the
Opposition Kamil Ali Agha raised the issue on a point of order
immediately after recitation from the Holy Qura'an.

Citing a report, he asked the government whether it was true that the
US admiral was here to exert pressure on the government to let India
hit targets inside Pakistan. "The US is behind India at a time, when
we say, the entire nation is united on the issue of security, then
how can the Americans put pressure on Pakistan," he wondered.

The senator wondered as to why the US ambassador was not summoned and
a protest lodged on this interference and why Mullen was not sent
back.

Leader of the House Mian Raza Rabbani, who usually comes to the House
well-prepared to explain the governmentís position on issues raised
in the Senate, asserted that Pakistan was a sovereign country and
would not tolerate interference in its internal affairs.

Responding to some points the senators raised during their speeches,
Rabbani made it clear that India had provided no proofs, whereas
Pakistan had offered to form a joint probe commission.However, he
maintained that India was engaged in a unilateral blame game, adding,
even if it provided evidence, the culprits would be tried inside
Pakistan according to its own laws.

Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party's Abdur Rahim Mandokhail called upon
the government to counter the challenges of extremism and militancy
across Pakistan, especially in the tribal areas and in the NWFP,
urging a realistic approach in this regard.

He said the country was facing serious challenges and making
emotional statements at this stage was not advisable."Today Pakistan
is passing through a critical phase and there is no one in the entire
world, including the United Nations, to support us. Even our
neighbouring countries no more trust us," he lamented.

The nationalist party lawmaker emphasised: "First of all we should
bring our house in order and establish the writ of the government.
Moreover, the issue of terrorism should be dealt with seriously as it
is our own issue."

The legislator spoke highly of the steps the government has taken
after the Mumbai tragedy and said war was no solution to problems.Dr
Muhammad Sa'ad of the Jamaat-e-Islami said no-go areas have surfaced
from Mingora to Kalam, turning the once popular tourist paradise into
bloody hell.

Referring to the regional instability, he said as long as allied
forces are in Afghanistan, there are no chances of lasting peace in
the region.Sami Siddiqui of the PML-Q said Pakistan had adopted a
defensive line immediately after the Mumbai attacks. Quoting a report
of the New York Times, she said: "The US wants to break Pakistan with
the connivance of India."

Pakistan should, she stressed, highlight Indian atrocities on
minorities, adding, India and Israel were involved in the Mumbai
attacks. She called for convening a joint session of parliament and
adopting a resolution on the issue.

Another PML-Q Senator Wasim Sajjad noted that Pakistan was facing a
grave crisis, which required seriousness. He pointed out that despite
the passage of so many days, India had failed to give any solid
evidence and instead immediately after the Mumbai attacks it started
blame game.

He made it clear that neither India was the US nor Pakistan was
Afghanistan and maintained the entire nation was united on the
question of Pakistan's security and defence.Wasim Sajjad said India
needed to probe how a group of 10 persons sneaked into its territory
and reached Mumbai on a boat from Karachi and fought with the
country's elite force for three days. From where, it got the logistic
support after reaching Mumbai? And if the one Ajmal Kasab was a
Pakistani, why was not he disclosing the names and addresses of other
nine accomplices?

He said the incidents were the reaction of suppressed minorities of
India and those being subjected to the state terrorism in held
Kashmir.Muhammad Azam Swati appreciated the performance of the
government in handling the issue. He said calling sessions of both
the Houses of parliament reflected seriousness of the government.

He said all the political and religious parties, including the
opposition, were united and would not hesitate to give any sacrifices
for the integrity and defence of Pakistan.

Swati believed that efforts were afoot to malign Pakistan, adding,
the Mumbai attacks were a conspiracy against Pakistan hatched by a
nexus of the US, India and Israel.

Raza M Raza of the Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party said Pakistan's
survival lay in launching a crackdown on the militants and their
camps in different parts of Pakistan. "Even if India does not go to
war with us, the entire world is against us for our role in the
past," he said.

Babar Ghauri of the MQM contended ìit was the failure of our foreign
policy that Pakistan today stood alone in the world and the world
opinion is against Pakistan despite the fact that India has not
provided solid proofs about the Mumbai blasts to usî.

He said it was a major diplomatic failure that there was no one to
present Pakistan's case at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
when it recently passed a resolution."What our government has done
about the UNSC resolution on the issue of Kashmir? We should have
linked the implementation of the resolution to the one on Kashmir,"
he said.

He pointed out the banned outfit had its network from Karachi to
Kashmir and there was wall-chalking all around about Jihad. "Are not
they involved in training and brain-washing," he asked. Referring to
the security and law and order situation, Ghauri said that Swat did
not share border with any other country, then how the militants had
reached there and trained and acquired arms and ammunition in huge
quantity?

Senators Fauzia Fakharzaman, Naeem Hussain Chattha, Kamran Murtaza
and Kausar Firdous also spoke on the occasion.The House will now
reassemble on Wednesday at 10am to resume the debate on national
security.