Dec. 16, 2008
India violating Simla Accord, says Durrani
Says PML-N, PML-Q should merge in greater national interest
LAHORE: Former information minister Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani has said India has violated Shimla Agreement by taking the Mumbai attack issue to the United Nations.
He said it is time that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) should merge for greater national interests and strive together for solidarity on internal and external front as Pakistan is passing through hard times. He said PPP should not try to destabilise the PML-N government in Punjab as PPP had also made coalition government in other provinces as well as in centre.
Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Monday after a long gap the former information minister said government should call All Parties Conference (APC) to develop consensus on the external threats faced to country.
As per Shimla agreement all issues between Pakistan and India should be resolved by bilateral talks and not even third party mediation is permitted under the agreement", the PML-Q leader said.
He said "The culprits of the Mumbai attacks and Samjhota Express will be found only on Indian land as Pakistan played no role in terrorist attacks in India. And Pakistan should not adopt apologetic attitude in response to the aggressive Indian campaign".
He criticised Pakistan government for trying to justify the India's violation of Pakistan's airspace by calling it a technical mistake. He said government should take the issue to UN as it is attack on the sovereignty of Pakistan and respond to it in a befitting manner as per the wishes of the people of Pakistan. He said both eastern and western borders of Pakistan are facing pressure from drone attacks and border violations and the nation should remain united for defending the motherland. He said despite operation in Muredkey and Kashmir by the Pakistan government the India step of violating the airspace of Pakistan is cause of anxiety for the nation.
He said December 25 being birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam should be observed as national solidarity day in view of threats to Pakistan. He appreciated the role of media in defending the national interests in response to the media war of India on the issue of Mumbai attacks. He said Pakistani media played the role of a think-tank for defending the national interests.