Parliament proposes amended resolution against scrapping special status of IoK

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ISLAMABAD: An amended resolution was presented against the scrapping the special status of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) during a joint parliamentary session held Tuesday in the wake of the deteriorating situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser suspended the joint session of the parliament for 20 minutes after opposition legislators caused a disturbance in the house.

A day earlier, President Arif Alvi summoned the joint session of the parliament after the Opposition demanded that a joint discussion be convened at the earliest against India’s decision to strip occupied Kashmir of its special status under Article 370.

During the session, federal minister for Parliamentary Affairs introduced a motion condemning India’s illegal actions in occupied Kashmir— at which the opposition lawmakers created unrest on the floor for not pointing out that the agenda did not specifically mention Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

Speaking to the media, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal also expressed disappointment at the absence of the Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the joint session and continuously referred to the premier as ‘selected’ on his response to the meeting.

‘”If he [prime minister] is not able to fully extend his support on the Kashmir issue, his so-called success at the US trip is of no significance to us”, he said outside the assembly.

According to Geo News, the prime minister has arrived at the parliament and will shortly brief the parliament on the Kashmir issue.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will chair a meeting of Corps Commanders Conference in Rawalpindi today to discuss the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir and the Indian aggression along the Line of Control, reported Radio Pakistan.

Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari has also urged the United Nations (UN) to form a commission of inquiry on India’s violations in Indian occupied Kashmir by using cluster bombs on innocent civilians across the Line of Control (LoC).

On Monday, India’s government revoked the special status of Kashmir in a bid to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country, the most far-reaching move on the troubled Himalayan territory in nearly seven decades.

The step would also mean revocation of a bar on property purchases by people from outside the state. Such plans have in the past provoked warnings of a backlash in Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan.

The law had also reserved state government jobs for residents, as well as college places, in an effort to keep the state from being overrun by people from the rest of India.