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Web Desk
August 7, 2019

Parliament's joint session on Kashmir continues


Web Desk
Wed, Aug 07, 2019

Islamabad: Lawmakers  on Wednesday continued debate in the join sitting of the parliament  that was called after India  revoked the special status of the occupied territory.

The session that began on Tuesday saw fiery speeches from both opposition and treasury benches.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari delivered speeches on the first day of the session.

The prime minister apprised the session  of his recent talks with US President Donald Trump over Kashmir and Afghanistan.

When Shehbaz Sharif criticized the government for what he saw as its lackluster response to Indian measures in Kashmir, Imran Khan hit back saying  it was only 11 months since his party came to power and  drew the PMLN leader's  attention to Indian atrocities that took place during PMLN's stint in power.

The prime minister, however, made it clear that Pakistanis would rather be Tipu Sultan than Bahadur Shah Zafar if India  chose to take the path of war.

The session resumed on Wednesday with Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair. 

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari,  Raja Zafarul Haq, Asif Ali Zardari,  Sirajul Haq, Mushahidullah Khan, Raza Rabbani also made speeches during the session.

Sirajul Haq

Jamaat-e-Isalmi Ameer Sirajul Haq in his speech said that 100,000 people have lost their lives in occupied Kashmir in a short period of time.

He warned India against dividing the territory, adding that peace in the world was linked to peace in Kashmir.

He called on the government to convene an international conference to highlight the issue of Kashmir.

Sirajul Haq said whatever has to be done for Kashmir, Pakistan will have to do it itself.

"Government should not trust US announcements," he said.

Shireen Mazari

She demanded United Nations constitute an Independent Investigative Committee to probe human right violations being committed in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Participating in discussion on Kashmir in the Joint Session, she said the UN committee would use all international forums to highlight the gravity of Kashmir situation.

She said revoking status of Occupied Kashmir and backtracking from earlier international commitments by India, were unacceptable.

The annexation of disputed Kashmir would pave way for genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris, she added.

Dr Shireen Mazari said Indian move was also violation of Indian Supreme Court judgment.