National Security Framework needed to deal with Pak: Parliament panel

National Security Framework needed to deal with Pak: Parliament panel
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New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has pitched for a National Security Framework (NSF) to have a coherent strategy for dealing with Pakistan. The Committee on External Affairs also noted that by neither publicly accepting nor acting against terrorism emanating from its soil, Pakistan has displayed its unwillingness to create a conducive environment for improving bilateral ties.
“However, this should not deter the Government of India from taking steps from its side so that the situation of stalemate does not linger,” the committee said in its report on “Indo-Pak relations” that was presented in Lok Sabha on Friday.
Noting that the government has reiterated its readiness for resolution of all outstanding issues peacefully and bilaterally, the report said the Government of India has, however, not mentioned any fresh initiative undertaken by either side to create a conducive environment for engagement.
“In the committee’s view, the Government of India as a responsible and credible stakeholder should continuously endeavour to utilise its diplomatic clout to create a conducive environment and to remove the stumbling blocks in resolving outstanding issues through dialogue and enforcement of the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration in letter and spirit,” it said.
“In view of the repeated existence of multiple crises resulting from militancy, insurgencies, terrorist attacks, unsettled border disputes, etc, the Committee had strongly felt the need for a NSF and a coherent strategy towards Pakistan,” the panel said in its report.

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