ISLAMABAD - On the first day of its fresh session after a break of around two months, the upper house of the Parliament Friday unanimously passed a resolution paying tribute to young Pakistani girl and female education activist Malala Yousafzai for winning prestigious Nobel Peace Award.
ANP Parliamentary Leader in the Senate Haji Adeel moved the resolution on behalf of all the parliamentary parties in the house that was unanimously adopted after an opposition lawmaker condemned India’s unprovoked firing on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary of Sialkot.
The resolution felicitated and saluted Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on winning the world’s most esteemed prize for her sacrifices for peace and promotion of education. “We appreciate and congratulate Malala Yousufzai for receiving the International Nobel Peace Award on her significant sacrifices for promoting peace and education in the militant-hit area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” says the text of the resolution.
The resolution congratulated Malala Yousafzai on behalf of the upper house as well as on behalf of the entire nation what it said for her services and sacrifices for a good cause in the country.
Earlier, PPP senator Babar Awan, on a point of order, condemned the government, saying it did not properly respond to the recent Indian hostilities along the Line of Control and Working Boundary. India’s intermittent firing over the last two weeks has killed more than 12 civilians and also injured many along the LoC and the Working Boundary.
“No condemnation of this aggression came from the prime minister or the defence minister in categorical terms, which encouraged the Indian prime minister and his ministers to continuously issue statements against Pakistan,” said Babar Awan. He added Indian aggression had been in progress for the last 32 days along the Working Boundary. He also criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet members for not visiting the people of the affected areas. He said, on the other hand, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was continuously threatening Pakistan.
Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, responding to criticism from Babar, viewed the impression was wrong that the government had not responded well to the Indian aggression. “It was Pakistan’s effective response that forced the other side to reduce firing incidents during last two to three days,” he said. He remarked the political government and the military leadership were on the same page to counter the challenges regarding the internal and external security of the country. He strongly condemned the Indian aggression and said the army had effectively responded to the unprovoked firing .
He said a record of the government’s statements issued to condemn the Indian firing would be presented before the house. He asked the chair to fix an earliest possible date for a discussion on the matter as decided at the House Business Advisory Committee. The house also offered fateha for the martyrs that were killed during Indian firing