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The members of parliament have on Wednesday resumed discussion on the situation of occupied Kashmir on second day of joint session in National Assembly (NA).
According to details, the session being chaired by NA Speaker Asad Qaisar is also deliberating on the Indian government’s move to revoke Article 370 in its Constitution which grants special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Shireen Mazari’s address
Addressing the House, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Federal Minister for Human Rights 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, she added.
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.
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, she told.
Raja Zafar-ul-Haq’s address
Speaking in the Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said that Kashmir dispute is a serious matter, adding that abrogating article 370 was Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) mandate. Pakistan should have also fulfilled its responsibility in Kashmir conflict, he asserted.
The leader said that India had been preparing for this step for long and already paved the way for domestic and international public opinion in its favor.
He further said that all the energy is being used to suppress the opposition parties. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s telephonic conversations with his Malaysia counterpart and Turkish president are not enough to resolve Kashmir matter, he continued.
Haq continued to say that the UN Charters binds its members to avoid such steps that are discriminatory to native populations.
Maulana Asad Mehmood’s address
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) parliamentary leader Maulana Asad Mehmood said Pakistan stands with its Kashmiri brethren steadfastly. Strong message should be sent from Pakistan parliament that all political parties are on same page to condemn the Indian step, he stated.
The leader said the international community should be persuaded to play a bigger role by forcing India to stop the oppression of innocent Kashmiri people. He further questioned that if the US with all its military might could not succeed in occupying Afghanistan, how could India do the same in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq said that the government should have summoned the session after full preparation, assuring that the opposition’s support in giving befitting response to India and Kashmir freedom.
He further motivated the PM to take action regarding Kashmir matter as the people of Pakistan are with him. It will not be in India’s favor if it conspires to end the unity of the Kashmir, he asserted.
He urged the government to organize an international conference in Islamabad to effectively highlight the issue of Kashmir to the world delegates. Lives and death of Kashmiris are with Pakistan and they see their future with us, he concluded.
PML-N senator Mushahidullah Khan said that India has deployed over 7 lac forces in Kashmir, adding that huriyat leaders are either in Tihar Jail or under home arrest. He further responded to the Imran Khan’s NA address and said that the opposition sitting in the House is representing the whole nation.
PM should develop courage to hear our criticism, he advised.
The leader claimed that Imran Khan had maligned opposition parties during his US visit. All the members in the parliament are elected not selected. If my address has hurt PM or his party leaders, I apologize, he stated.
Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry and Mushahidullah exchanged barbs over criticizing the PM amid speaker’s warning to both leaders to sit on their seats.
Asif Ali Zardari’s address
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that Indian decision has broken half part of the Kashmir, adding that Muslims living in the valley and India have fully understood the two-nation theory of Quaid-e-Azam. Kashmir dispute is of biggest importance after the separation of East Pakistan, he stated.
The former president went on to say that Kashmiri people are suffering due to the Indian atrocities as they are being attacked with pallet guns whenever they tried to come out of their houses. PPP expresses support and solidarity with the Kashmiris and demanded to end their pain, he continued.
The leader said that if this situation had occurred in our tenure, we would have resolved the matter by visiting neighboring countries and asking them for intervention.