Bhubaneswar, Dec 5:
The controversial statement of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir issue, which has sparked outrage across the country against the Pakistan premier, had an echo in the state Assembly too with the Odisha lawmakers cutting across party lines today calling for a censure resolution.
The MLAs condemned the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had said “Kashmir is a flashpoint and can trigger a fourth war between India and Pakistan, the two nuclear powers, at anytime.” He was quoted as saying so by the Dawn daily in his brief address to the budget session of the ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Council’ in Pak-occupied Kashmir even though the PMO denied it.
The Assembly, which is usually seen as a divided house, unanimously decided to bring a censure motion against the evil design of Pakistan for instigating to wage war.
“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Prime Minister, Chief Minister and President do not belong to any party. Even though BJD is a regional party, it is committed towards the unity of India. It has no separate opinion from the rest of the country,” said Pravat Tripathy, BJD chief whip.
Panchayati Raj and Parliamentary Affairs minister, Kalapataru Das said the Leader of Opposition, Leader of the House and Speaker should take initiative to pass a resolution against the Pak Prime Minister.
Proposing to bring a censure resolution on the issue, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh said, on earlier occasions, India had given a befitting reply to Pakistan’s aggression and in future it will continue to do so.
It is to be noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has hit back the Pak counterpart saying that he does not see the possibility of Pakistan winning any war against India in his “lifetime”.