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Parliament expresses unflinching support for Kashmiris

–Senate and National Assembly pass resolutions paying tribute to the heroism of Kashmiris

–Lawmakers denounce India’s atrocities against Kashmiris, urge int’l community to intervene

ISLAMABAD: The Senate and National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday passed resolutions to express solidarity with the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz moved the resolution paying tribute to the heroism and valour of the people of occupied Kashmir.

The House resolutely rejected India’s illegal attempt to annex the territory and urged the international community to uphold the resolutions of the United Nations (UN) that guarantee the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination.

NA also unanimously passed a resolution expressing unflinching and unwavering support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for the right to self-determination. The resolution moved by Kashmir Committee Fakhar Imam Chairman reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir people until the realisation of their legitimate right to self-determination as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Condemning the illegal actions of India in occupied Kashmir, including the detention of Kashmir youth, political leaders and communication blockade, the resolution reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir remains an internationally-recognised dispute that continues to be on the agenda of the UNSC since 1948.

The House also voiced concerns over the presence of 900,000 troops saying it has turned the valley into an open prison and made it the most militarised zone in the world. The resolution condemned the horrifying violence against women, especially the use of rape as a weapon of war against them. It deplored the continuing restrictions on freedom of expression in the occupied valley describing it as gross violations of fundamental rights.

The resolution appreciated the role played by world leaders, parliamentarians, international media, human rights organisations, particularly China, Malaysia, Turkey and Iran, in raising their voice against the Indian atrocities in IOK.

The resolution called upon the UNSC to enforce a peaceful settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with its resolutions.

It urged the Indian side to implement forthwith numerous pending UNSC resolutions that call for a free and impartial plebiscite to determine the will of the people for the final disposition of the outstanding dispute.

The resolution demanded India to immediately reverse its illegal actions of August 5 and October 31, repeal the draconian laws, withdraw its occupation forces and immediately lift lockdown in the valley.

The resolution expressed concerns at Indian tactics to alter the demography of occupied Jammu and Kashmir saying it is in violation of international laws.

The resolution endorsed the call made by the high commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for a comprehensive international investigation into human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

It demanded that India immediately allows access to international organisations, parliamentarians and international media to the occupied Kashmir so that they are able to record the human rights situation there.

The resolution also called upon the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to immediately convene a special summit on Kashmir.

IT totally rejected the belligerence and warmongering of the BJP government saying it poses a threat to regional peace and stability. It expressed the unshakeable resolve of the Pakistani nation to thwart any Indian aggression.

Participating in the debate, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshek said that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan. He said that time warrants unity in our ranks to effectively and forcefully raise the plight of Kashmiri people at the international level.

Mufti Abdul Shakoor also regretted the silence of international human rights organisations on the situation in occupied Kashmir. He said that the blatant human rights violations there are not tolerable to us.  He said that the entire nation is united on the issue of Kashmir.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said that it is the first time that the world has accepted Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir dispute due to the effective diplomacy of Prime Minister Imran Khan. She said that the prime minister has exposed the Nazi-inspired ideology of RSS. She said that it is also Pakistan’s success that the UNSC has held discussions on the lingering dispute and the European Parliament prepared a draft resolution condemning in categorical terms the blatant human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Deploring the atrocities unleashed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, the minister said the occupation forces are using rape as a weapon of war against the Kashmiri women.  She said that the UN needs to fulfill its obligations towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. She added that if the world body can resolve the East Timor issue then why not Kashmir.

Ali Gohar said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people will not go in vain and they will see the dawn of independence one day. Referring to the love of Kashmiri people for Pakistan, he said that the Kashmiri people martyred by Indian forces are buried wrapped in Pakistani flags.

Shahnaz Baloch called for accelerating efforts to pressurize India to stop its human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary said that the extremist government in India should not misconstrue our desire for peace as our weakness. Referring to the war hysteria created by the Indian leadership, he said Pakistan is fully prepared to respond to any aggression. He said that the Indian side should not forget the lesson taught by our air force to their force in the broad daylight last year.

Abdul Qadir Patel said that nothing good could be expected from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he is the same person who carried out the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat. He said Modi’s politics is based on hatred and he is the enemy of Muslims.

Kishwar Zehra said that war is no solution to any matter and we need to evolve an effective strategy to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people.

Amir Haider Khan Hoti said that Pakistanis stand by their Kashmiri brethren against the Indian atrocities.

Naureen Farooq said that India has broken all records of brutalities in occupied Kashmir.  She added that the Kashmiri people want to become part of Pakistan.

Kesoo Mal Das said that Modi has a fascist mindset and his acts and policies are being condemned worldwide. He said that the minorities of Pakistan including Hindus stand by the oppressed Kashmiri people.

Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that Muslim countries need to support Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Naz Baloch said that the government should hold an international conference on Kashmir by taking on board the friendly countries. She pointed out that genocide is being carried out in occupied Kashmir. She paid tribute to the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people.

Asad Mahmood said that the Kashmiri people stand firm in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.

NA Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the lower house has effectively raised the plight of oppressed Kashmiri people at different forums abroad. He said that the Kashmir dispute is an important point of our parliamentary diplomacy.

A Kashmiri delegation also witnessed proceedings of the House and will now meet on Thursday at 11 am.

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