Pakistani Parliament rejects India’s arbitrary actions in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: A joint sitting of Parliament on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting illegal and arbitrary actions in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir from August 5 last year and demanded an end to the military occupation of Kashmir.. 

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi moved the resolution in a joint sitting of Parliament with the aim of denying the illegal actions taken by the Indian government in occupied Kashmir. This is an internationally recognized dispute over Kashmir and a long-standing item on the UN Security Council (UNSC) agenda, making it clear that illegal actions cannot change the disputed status of the region.

It reiterated the full support of the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for Pakistan’s self-determination, while Parliament called for the immediate removal of the military siege at the IOJK.

Parliament called on the international community to use all means to hold India accountable for illegal and arbitrary actions and human rights violations against the Kashmiri people. It called for India to adhere to international human rights obligations and to allow international media and independent observers into the IOJK and to further investigate the high power and violence against the Kashmiri people.

It called for the lifting of sanctions on the media, internet, agitation and peaceful assembly in the Indian-occupied valley and the repeal of the drone law.

Parliament said in its resolution that the BJP government’s threatening statements, militant rhetoric and irresponsible statements is a serious threat to peace and stability in South Asia.

It was emphasized that the spread of the BJP-RSS was motivated by a vicious mixture of terrorist ideology and hegemonic design threatening the peace and stability of Kashmiris as well as its minorities as well as the region.

Parliament also passed the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Bill, 2020. The bill was moved by Federal Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah.

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