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Indian Parliament rejects Pakistan resolution against Indian Army

Screenshot_2The Indo-Pak political relations hit a new low due to recent border incidents. In a bitter exchange between the Parliaments of the two countries, both Houses of Indian Parliament together passed a stern-worded resolution rejecting and condemning the baseless and unsupported allegations made by Pakistan in its resolution against the Indian Army and the people of India.

What is the issue, why Indian Parliament rejected Pakistan’ resolution against Indian Army?

Recently, tension between the two nations escalated after the incident of unprovoked firing from the side of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) along the Line of Control (LoC) with India that killed 5 Indian soldiers. The incidence further strained the relations between the two nations with parliament of both sides alleging each other of unprovoked aggression. Pakistan passed a resolution in its parliament accusing Indian troops of “unprovoked aggression by Indian military forces“. Pakistan has rejected the involvement of its army in the LoC incident. The resolution by Pakistan also deplored the “unjustified public vilification of Pakistan in the Indian media”.

In retaliation to this, Indian parliament passed a counter-resolution against Pakistan which rejected the resolution passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly as making “absolutely baseless and unfounded allegations against the Indian Army and the people of India”.  It counter-alleged Pakistan Army of the unprovoked attack on an Indian Army patrol on the Indian side of the Line of Control. India has reiterated that the “entire state of Jammu and Kashmir including the territory forcibly and illegally occupied by Pakistan is an integral part of India and will always remain so”. The resolution also called upon Pakistan to abide by the 2003 ceasefire in letter and in spirit.

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TAPI project: Countries agree on setting up a Company for its execution

Countries involved in the TAPI pipeline project- India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to establish a company for execution of the proposed project. They are expected to give it shape to by September 2013.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been appointed as legal-technical consultant, and it will soon identify a company which will drive the project. The company will be from a neutral country.

A protocol has also been inked in which the parties fixed the decision on the need to prepare founding documents and the registration of the TAPI Ltd. India has already approved setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to build the TAPI gas pipeline as the multinational firms did not come forward to build the project.

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