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Pakistan parliament condemns US Osama raid

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 14, IRNA -- Pakistani parliament early Saturday adopted a unanimous resolution, strongly condemning the U.S. unilateral raid on a compound to kill Osama bin Laden and said such action is amount to violation of the country’s sovereignty.

The special session of joint session of the parliament was summoned on Friday for one-point agenda to discuss the raid by the U.S. Special Forces on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad to kill the al-Qaeda chief.

The parliament passed a unanimous resolution in the wee hours of Saturday after a long debate and briefings by the head of the intelligence agencies and air chief about the U.S. May 2 action, which has evoked strong resentment across Pakistan.

The resolution also condemned US drone strikes in the country’s tribal regions and warned that Pakistan could stop supplies for the US-led forces in Afghanistan if strikes from the US spy planes were not stopped.

“The parliament strongly asserted that unilateral actions, such as those conducted by the US forces in Abbottabad, as well as the continued drone attacks on the territory of Pakistan, are not only unacceptable but also constitute violation of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and humanitarian norms.

Such drone attacks must be stopped forthwith, failing which the Government will be constrained to consider taking necessary steps including withdrawal of transit facility allowed to NATO/ISAF forces,” the resolution said.

The resolution determined that unilateral actions cannot advance the global cause of elimination of terrorism, and the people of Pakistan will no longer tolerate such actions and repeat of unilateral measures could have dire consequences for peace and security in the region and the world.

The resolution “expressed its deep distress on the campaign to malign Pakistan, launched by certain quarters in other countries without appreciating Pakistan’s determined efforts and immense sacrifices in combating terror and the fact that more than thirty thousand Pakistani innocent men, women and children and more than five thousand security and armed forces personnel had lost their lives, that is more than any other single country, in the fight against terror and the blowback emanating from actions of the NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan”

It called upon the Government to ensure that the principles of an independent foreign policy must be grounded in strict adherence to the principles of policy, as stated in Article 40 of the Constitution, the UN Charter, observance of international law and respect for the free will and aspirations of sovereign states and their peoples;

It also called upon the Government to re-visit and review its terms of engagement with the United States, with a view to ensuring that Pakistan’s national interests are fully respected and accommodated in pursuit of policies for countering terrorism and achieving reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan.

The resolution affirmed full confidence in the defence forces of Pakistan in safeguarding Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and in overcoming any challenge to security, with the full support of the people and Government of Pakistan.

It called upon the Government to appoint an independent Commission on the Abbottabad operation, fix responsibility and recommend necessary measures to ensure that such an incident does not recur. The composition/modalities of the Commission will be settled after consultations between the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition, the resolution said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30384037

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