Parliament condemns India for altering IoK’s status
MPs lash Modi Govt’s move to revoke Article-370
Joint Session of the Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution unanimously condemning illegal, unilateral, reckless and coercive attempt by India to alter the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as enshrined in the UNSC resolutions, as well as the regressive measures to change Jammu and Kashmir’s demographic composition through repeal and revocation of article 35-A of the Indian constitution.
The resolution also condemned the deployment of additional troops in Indian occupied Kashmir and Indian firing and shelling on the line of control and use of cluster bombs by Indian forces in Azad Kashmir. It stressed that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council and categorically stated that these illegal measures cannot change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.
It opposed Indian plans to alter the demographic composition of Indian occupied Kashmir, as well as take away protective, inherent and established rights of Jammu and Kashmir to citizenship, permanent residence, acquisition of property, employment and education as provided under the repealed article 35-A of the Indian constitution and contrary to UNSC resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and international humanitarian law.
Earlier, the joint session of the Parliament continued discussion on situation of occupied Kashmir on Wednesday. The session also discussed the Indian government’s move to revoke Article 370 in the Indian Constitution which grants special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking part in the debate, Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari said Indian attempts to change the status of Occupied Kashmir are not only illegal, but they also defy the Geneva Convention which attributes any change in demographic composition of held territory as war crime.
She said with the revocation of Articles 370 and 35-A India has violated the Shimla Accord, the decisions of its superior courts and all international norms. Even the Supreme Court of India gave a ruling in 2016 that central government cannot change these articles without the approval of state government.
The Minister said the atrocities perpetrated by Indian security forces on innocent Kashmiris are tantamount to genocide of native population and we must make efforts to persuade international community to take action and stop India from these acts. She said it is responsibility of the international community to intervene when there is a serious risk of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Referring to Indian use of cluster bombs on innocent population in Azad Kashmir, she said both Pakistan and India are signatories to Convention on Cluster Munitions and India has violated this international agreement. She said our government has written a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and apprised of these violations of human rights. Our government has also demanded the UN to set up an independent investigative committee to find out the human rights abuses being committed in Indian held Kashmir.
Dr. Shireen Mazari said government will use all international forums to highlight the gravity of the situation and will also make efforts for calling a special meeting of the UN Security Council.
She said we have to inform the world community that Pakistan will not remain silent if any misadventure is done against us.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary said the world will feel the heat if India and Pakistan go to war over Kashmir. He said Pakistan will not let India change the demographic composition of Kashmir. He said diplomatic relations with India need to be reviewed in the light of recent developments in Kashmir. He urged all political parties to shun their differences and become united on the issue of Kashmir.
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said the Indian action to revoke the independent status of Kashmir will spur a new spirit of freedom in Kashmiris. He said the freedom movement will not remain limited to Kashmir only. Rather, it would expand to UP and CP areas of India as well. Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said perhaps history is going to take a decision which will write a new chapter in the freedom struggle of Kashmiris.
Parliamentary leader of PML (F) Ghous Bux Mehr said we should take the issue of Kashmir to UN Security Council and apprise the world that there was no agreement of Maharaja of Kashmir with the Indian government. He said we will fight to the last drop of blood if war is imposed on us. Ghous Bux Mehr said we need to take our allies into confidence.
Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said we have to give a clear message to Kashmiris that we stand by them in every hour of need. He said the government will use all diplomatic channels to highlight the intensity of the issue and its far reaching implications. He said the process of the resolution of Kashmir issue has started and the day is not far when Kashmir will become part of Pakistan.
Minister for Information Technology Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said India has exposed its true face before the world by annulling articles 35-A and 370 that protect the special status of Kashmir. He said Pakistan should approach the UN and force it to implement the past resolutions of world body on Kashmir. Kashmiris have to decide their destiny by themselves and India cannot dictate them.
Leader of the House in Senate Shibli Faraz said India has put the future of whole region at stake due to its intransigence. He said India has been involved in terrorism incidents in Pakistan to destabilize the country. Arrest of Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav is a prime example of this intervention.
Shibli Faraz said the step taken by India has increased our resolve to rid the Kashmiris of Indian yolk of slavery. He said 220 million people of Pakistan will stand by their armed forces, in the event of war with India. He urged the international community to take notice of the seriousness of situation and play its due role.