ISLAMABAD  -    Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Sunday wrote letters to 178 parliaments all over the world inviting their attention towards the deteriorating situation in South Asia and the recent aggressive acts of India.

In his letters, the Speaker informed about the continued violations of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by India, which has brought the region to the brink of war and devastation.

“In the early hours of February 26, 2019, the Indian aircrafts violated Pakistan’s airspace on a pretext of attacking an alleged “terrorist camp”, he added.

He further said that Indian aircraft were effectively intercepted by Pakistani Air Force jets and forced to withdraw while randomly releasing their ordnance that landed in Pakistan’s uninhabited remote area.

Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan strongly rejects the Indian purported claims of having targeted any installation and resultant casualties. It is completely absurd and is based on a false narrative designed to placate domestic audience. Pakistan, while reserving its right to respond to the Indian aggression, kept its calm and warned India to avoid further escalating the situation, the speaker said.

He said that India has also continued unprovoked ceasefire violations at the Line of Control in the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir, resulting in the deaths of several innocent civilians.

He said that the Indian Air Force once again violated Pakistan’s airspace, which was efficiently retaliated by Pakistan with the shooting down of two intruding Indian fighter aircrafts on February 26 and 27, 2019. An Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was arrested by the Pakistani Forces when his military jet MIG-21 crashed in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, he added.

The speaker shared his counterparts that during captivity, the Indian pilot was treated with dignity and in line with the international laws. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan announced his return as a goodwill gesture aimed at de-escalating the rising tensions with India, Asad Qaiser said.

“This noble gesture clearly establishes that Pakistan has no intention of escalation, but as a self-respecting nation is prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what it calls “a new normal” — a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day,” the speaker said.

The speaker urged the deteriorating situation between Pakistan and India can only be normalized by amicably resolving the issue of Jammu & Kashmir.

“Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan offered peace and dialogue soon after his election and took a great leap forward by opening the “Kartarpur Corridor” between the two countries, enabling the Indian citizens to freely visit their sacred places of worship, situated on Pakistan’s side of border,” Asad Qaiser added. Asad Qaiser said that the Parliament of Pakistan held a special session on February 28 to March 1, 2019 and took note of the deteriorating situation in South Asia in detail. After a comprehensive debate, it passed a unanimous Resolution, calling upon the International Community to play its due role in bringing peace to South Asia.

“It also seeks for urging India to end the repression in the Jammu & Kashmir and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite, as early as possible,” he said. The Speaker invited his counterparts’ attention to the deteriorating situation between Pakistan and India but also sought their Parliaments’ condemnation of the Indian violations of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.