Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production strongly condemned the repeated ceasefire violations and incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian troops.
In a resolution passed unanimously in its meeting held at the Parliament House on Thursday, the Committee expressed its deep disappointment on the unilateral propaganda by the Indian leadership, institutions including media and civil society and urged upon the international community and unbiased observers including UNMOGIP to play their role in clarifying the factual position to avoid any further escalation or recurrence of such incidents for peace in the region.
The Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed convened the special meeting of the Committee to get a briefing by the Ministry of Defence on the violation of LOC by the Indian forces and response by the Armed Forces of Pakistan.
The Secretary Defence gave detailed briefing to the Committee on the incidents and answered questions of the Chairman and Members of the Committee. The Committee was informed that a local incident of violation of LOC by the Indian troops in the night of 5th and 6th January, 2013 was propagated about in a calibrated manner and it reached the highest offices in India in
less than four days. The hype built by the Indian media about the incident was also worrying. The Committee was informed that the incident of violation of LOC was taken up very next day by the DGMO of Pakistan with his Indian counterpart who expressed his ignorance at that point.
However, later a whole set of accusations was levelled to cover and legitimize the misadventure in which the Indian troops had fled away leaving their arms.
The repeated invitation by the Government of Pakistan to hold an independent inquiry in the matter is a clear proof that allegations by India are baseless.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed appreciated the vigilant role as well as restraint by the Pakistani troops. The close cooperation and coordinated response by the Pakistan Army, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other civilian institutions was appreciated.
During the meeting Senators Haji Mohammad Adeel and Senator Col. R Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi raised the issue of making the Cantonment Boards more representative and democratic. The Secretary Defence responded that in the light of the decision of the Supreme Court, elections for the Cantonment Boards will be held within the given time frame. However, it was decided that a detailed briefing will be taken by the Director General Military Land and Cantonment on various issues raised by the Members.
The Chairman of the Committee appreciated the detailed professional briefing by the Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen. R Asif Yaseen Malik and termed it ‘comprehensive and candid’.