Govt Summon Joint Session to discuss India’s decision to revoke Article 370
- The government of Pakistan has called a joint parliament session to discuss the Kashmir Issue.
- PM Imran Khan addressed the parliament and said that India has a racist ideology.
- Chief of army staff and other official ministers also urged the Pakistani nation to support for the right of Kashmiri people and stop fighting over trivial issues.
The joint session of the parliament resumed discussing the country’s future course of action in the wake of India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its constitution.
Addressing to the parliament, Prime Minister Imran Khan briefly disrupted at the start by the opposition. After this, opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif asked for silence from the opposition benches.
The premier began his address by saying:
“This session is not only important for the Kashmiri people and the Pakistani people, but it will have repercussions around the world. That is why I request all to listen carefully.”
PM Imran Khan recalled his government’s efforts to mend fences with Pakistan’s neighbors and said:
“When we took up the government, our main priority was to address poverty in our country. We reached out to all our neighbors because without having a semblance of normalcy in ties with them, we cannot attain stability and alleviate poverty.”
Talking about his trips to neighboring countries, he said that my trips were meant for this purpose. I visited Afghanistan and asked them that we work to address our past differences. I talked to India, telling them if you take one step towards us, we will take two steps towards you. I went to Iran with similar aims and then I visited America.
PM also said that when I first reached out to India they expressed concerns that there were militant outfits operating from Pakistan.
“I told Indian premier that after the painful tragedy of the Army Public School massacre, all our political parties had resolved to never let the territory of Pakistan be used for terrorist activities. But I got the feeling that the Indian side was not serious about talks.”
“I soon realized that India was not interested in talking to us. It took our overtures for peace as weakness, so we stopped extending offers to hold talks.”
“What happened has only confirmed my suspicion about India’s unwillingness to talk. It was part of their election manifesto all along. It is, in fact, ingrained in their ideology that puts Hindus above all other religions and seeks to establish a state that represses all other religious groups.”
Furthermore, PM said that India has violated its own country and international laws to uphold its ideology.
“What they did in Kashmir is in accordance with their ideology. They have a racist ideology,” he added.
This is why America had gotten Involved in the Matter:
PM said that he had asked US President Donald Trump to intervene in Kashmir because our bilateral talks with India had failed.
He said that the Kashmir issue is going to become a big issue now and the people who have kept their resistance alive despite state brutality over the last five years will not stop just because India has changed a law. In fact, this is going to get more serious.
Talking about the Indian State Forces:
PM Imran Khan said that Indian State Forces will now crack down even harder on the Kashmiri people. They will try to suppress the Kashmiri resistance with brute force. “I fear that they may initiate ethnic cleansing in Kashmir to wipe out the local population,” he said.
Approaching World Leaders:
PM said that we want global leaders to take note. “I and my party are taking the responsibility to approach the leaders of the world and apprise them of what is happening in Kashmir,” he said.
“I know the Western world. I feel like they are not sufficiently aware of what is happening in Kashmir. I will inform them that what the Indian government is doing in Kashmir and what it is doing to Muslims and minorities in India goes against everything the Western world believes in.”
The leader of the opposition party, Shahbaz Sharif called for a decisive response to India’s decisions regarding Kashmir.
“Is it not our massive failure? That we didn’t know what the Indian government was thinking? Yes we are united for the cause of Pakistan but unity shouldn’t come without self-introspection.”
Further, he said:
“We have two options; either we hide or we take decisive action or we must take decisive action.”
In response to Shahbaz’s speech, PM Imran Khan asked the parliament to advise the government on what to do next.
“What measures have we not taken? Our Foreign Office has held meetings with ambassadors. I have reached out to other countries. We are approaching international forums. What does he [Sharif] suggest I should do, launch an attack on India?”
The premier also asked what Sharif’s had done for the Kashmir issue during its time in power. The opposition responded by saying that the Prime Minister was not being asked to start a war but to pick a strong stance.
Fawad Chaudhry Ask to Stop Fighting on Trivial Issues:
The Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, called upon the political leadership to stop fighting on trivial issues and start to focus on the situation at hand.
In a tweet, he said:
Modi Govt is trying to make Kashmir another Palestine by changing the population demography and bringing settlers into Kashmir, Parliamentarians must stop fighting on trivial issues lets respond India by blood, tears, toil and sweat, we must be ready to fight if war is imposed
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 6, 2019
The Joint Session:
Parliament Joint Session of upper and lower houses was summoned by President Arif Alvi to decide Pakistan’s future course of action in the wake of India’s decision to strip occupied Kashmir of its special status under Article 370.
The session was disrupted soon after beginning by protest from opposition lawmakers who pointed out that the resolution, moved by Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati condemning India’s illegal actions in occupied Kashmir, did not specifically mention Article 370 of the Indian constitution.
Army Chief to Chair Corps Commanders Conference:
The Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa decided to chair a Corps Commanders Conference in Rawalpindi to discuss the situation in Kashmir.
Railways Minister Urging the Pakistani Nation to Stand with Army:
Pakistan’s Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, has urged the Pakistani nation to stand with armed forces with full spirit to support for the right of Kashmiri people.
“More panic would grip Kashmir in the coming 15 days. Due to the successful negotiations between US President and Prime Minister Imran Khan, Modi is suffering,” he added.