New Delhi: India has reacted strongly to a resolution passed by the Pakistani Parliament condemning Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's execution and demanding that his body be returned to his family. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that Pakistan has no jurisdiction over action taken by the Government of India against terror activities committed on Indian soil.
"It's a matter within the jurisdiction of India. It just seems that this unwholesome interest in something that is a sordid tale of terrorist activities on our country is not a very pleasant thing and I don't think we should be reacting more than that. In their Assembly they should address matters of their country and they should let our Assembly address matters of our country," Khurshid said.
Meanwhile, the political class of India also reacted sharply to Pakistan's resolution. "Pakistan has no business whatsoever to interfere with India or the legal process in India. We are a mature democracy and we have full faith in our legal system," BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Trying to fish in troubled waters, Pakistan's Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution condemning the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and demanded that his body be handed over to his family. Two days before it completes its five-year term, the National Assembly or the lower house of Parliament in Pakistan passed the resolution moved by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir.
Besides condemning the hanging of Guru, the resolution also expressed concern at the situation created in Jammu and Kashmir by the execution. The House called for Guru's body to be handed over to his family. Guru was hanged and buried within Tihar Jail in Delhi in February.
His execution triggered protests in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan-based terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have vowed to take revenge for the hanging. The parliamentary resolution further said the international community should not remain as silent spectators in efforts to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute.
It said steps should be taken to implement the United Nations Security Council's resolutions on the Kashmir issue. The resolution called for an end to alleged killings in Jammu and Kashmir and the removal of the Army from towns and cities of the Kashmir Valley. It further said all prisoners should be freed, "black laws" repealed and curfew withdrawn from the region.
(With additional information from PTI)