Prime Minister Imran Khan Addresses Parliament Joint Session on Indian Aggression

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Prime Minister Imran Khan Speech in Parliament Joint Session.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said efforts for de-escalation should not be considered weakness.

Addressing the joint session of Parliament, the premier stressed, "All issues should be resolved through dialogue. Despite us opening the Kartarpur corridor, we received no response from India."

"When the Pulwama attack happened, we were blamed within 30 minutes," he lamented. "I'm not saying that India has a part to play in India but I asked them to share evidence."

Lauding the Pakistani media, the premier said, "Indian media created war hysteria. Our media showed solidarity and acted responsibly."

The premier said, "We had understood that they [India] will do something. PM Imran explained, "The only purpose of our strike was to demonstrate our capability and will. We did not want to inflict any casualty on India as we wanted to act in a responsible manner."

"I had said that if India does something then we will respond," he asserted. PM Imran continued, "India violated the UN Charter." The premier said, "India gave us a dossier today, two days after they attacked us."

"Countries are ruined because of miscalculation. War is not a solution. If India takes any action, we will have to retaliate," he asserted.

Stating that the current situation is because of Kashmir, the premier said, "At one point, Kashmiri leaders had not wanted separation, but because of Indian brutalities, today all they demand is independence."

The premier questioned, "How long will Pakistan be blamed for everything in Kashmir? And asked to take action without any proof?"

Stressing that talks with Kashmir are important, the premier cautioned, "The situation should not get out of hand or Pakistan will have to retaliate."

“I hope the international community will play its part to ensure the situation does not escalate beyond this,” the prime minister added.

PM Imran announces Indian pilot will be released tomorrow as peace gesture. PM Imran also said he attempted to hold a telephone call with Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi last night to tell him we want de-escalation.

Indian pilot to be released tomorrow, the premier announced, "We have decided to release the captured Indian pilot tomorrow as a peace gesture." Pakistan on Wednesday shot down two Indian aircraft when the crossed the Line on Control and captured Wig Commander Abhinandan.

Shehbaz Sharif Addresses Session:

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif also addressed the session and lauded the armed forces for their action against Indian Air Force warplanes.

"PAF fighters have made the nation proud," he said while adding that it has been proven that our armed forces will defend every corner.

The opposition leader warned that there can never be peace in Kashmir if occupied forces oppress citizens. "In this situation, I believe more Burhan Wanis will be born," he said.

As the session began, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan tabled the motion to discuss the prevailing prevailing situation between Pakistan and India.

Earlier, PM Imran chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet and said Pakistan is ready for talks with India on all issues including terrorism. The premier said, "Dialogue is the only way for peace and stability in the region."

"I had made an offer to India to investigate the Pulwama attack and hold dialogue on bilateral issues," sources quoted the premier as telling cabinet members. "Pakistan is ready for talks with India on all issues including terrorism," he added according to the sources.

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