The joint parliamentary session convened on Wednesday to debate the country’s future course of action in the wake of India’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status passed a resolution condemning New Delhi’s “unilateral move”.
The resolution was presented by Kashmir Committee Chairman Syed Fakhar Imam and was passed unanimously.
It condemns India’s “illegal, unilateral, reckless and coercive attempt to alter the disputed status of Indian occupied Kashmir as enshrined in the UNSC resolutions”.
Moreover, it condemns “other regressive measures” to change Kashmir’s demographic structure as well as “the recent surge in unprovoked firing and shelling on unarmed civilian population across the Line of Control and use of cluster bombs by Indian forces in Azad Jammu and Kashmir”.
The resolution also condemns the “deployment of additional troops and atrocities in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and other recent developments”.
It emphasises that the “enforcement and legitimacy of resolutions of the UNSC can never be diluted by unilateral actions”.
The parliament, in its resolution demanded that India stop the “brutalisation of the people of IOK through killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, mass blinding by pellet guns, and use of rape as an instrument of war”.
It also demanded that the communications blackout in occupied Kashmir be lifted, the “prolonged curfew regime” be ended, that India “stops its ruthless cordon and search operations, immediately releases the Kashmiri leadership and restores civil liberties and fundamental freedoms of the people of Jammu and Kashmir”.
It further demanded that “India honours its own commitment to the UN Security Council, Kashmiris and the international community”.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also presented a policy statement following a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) which outlined the immediate actions the government will be taking.
These included the downgradation of diplomatic relations and suspension of bilateral trade with India and to take up the matter with the United Nations and its Security Council.
Furthermore, Qureshi said that the upcoming Independence Day will be “observed in solidarity with the brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination” and that August 15 will be observed as Black Day.
Both National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani took turns presiding over the joint session.
India’s enlightened voices terming Kashmir move a big mistake: Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while addressing the session said that there are voices from within India itself which are crying foul over the move by India which scrapped Kashmir of its special status.
Qureshi quoting P. Chidambaram, a member of India’s Rajya Sabha (upper house) of the Parliament and former finance minister, Qureshi said that the Indian parliamentarian had condemned the move, terming the decision a “big mistake”.