Pakistan Parliament unanimously passed a resolution rejecting India’s assertion that Kashmir is an integral part even as it called for a result-oriented dialogue with New Delhi for resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir. The joint session of the Pakistan Parliament, which has been discussing the current tension with India since Wednesday, unanimously passed the resolution, urging the international community to carry out an independent investigation into “gross human rights violations” in Kashmir.
The resolution moved by Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called upon the world community to play its role in stopping “Indian brutalities” in Kashmir. The resolution also expressed concerns over the detention of Hurriyat leaders and human rights activists and urged the Indian government to release them. “It strongly deplored the draconian laws which have created an environment of impunity” for Indian forces, Radio Pakistan reported.
The resolution rejected India’s assertion that Kashmir is an integral part of India, recalling it is a “disputed territory” on the agenda of the United Nations. It urged the Indian government to immediately stop “terrorising” the people and fulfill its commitment regarding international and humanitarian laws. The resolution condemned the repeated “ceasefire violations” by India.
It also reiterated Pakistan’s desire for a “result- oriented dialogue” with India for resolution of all outstanding disputes including that of Jammu and Kashmir. At the start of the session on Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had hit back at his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying poverty cannot be eradicated by “driving tanks on farmlands”. He had also needled India again by calling Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani the “valiant son of Kashmir”.
Two days ago, India strongly hit back at Pakistan, saying the “sell-by date” of the country’s “anachronistic approach” is long over and there is absolutely no support in the world body for claims on Kashmir by a nation that established itself as a “global epicenter” of terrorism. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin strongly rejected remarks on Kashmir made by Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi during a UN General Assembly debate on ‘Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation’.
“We have heard one such lone voice again a short while ago, making claims to an integral part of my country. This comes from a country which has established itself as a global epicenter of terrorism,” Akbaruddin said.
He said claims by Pakistan on Kashmir find no resonance amongst the international community, with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raising the Kashmir issue in his General Assembly address also finding no support.