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NA asks India to withdraw forces from Kashmir

05 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution reiterating Pakistan's moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, calling upon India to withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territory.

The resolution was passed on the eve of Kashmir Day, which will be marked today (February 5). Another India-centric resolution passed by the House demanded that the government take immediate measures for resolving the issue of construction of dams by India on the rivers that provide water to Pakistan. The resolution moved by Parliament's Kashmir Committee Chairman Fazlur Rehman received all-out support. Fazl declared that the country's stance on Kashmir dispute is based on principles that have been acknowledged by the international community as well as the United Nations in its resolutions.

He said that Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives for the right of self-determination, and urged that the final settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute should be in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people through an independent and fair plebiscite. The unanimous resolution called upon the Indian government to include the Kashmiri people in Pakistan-India dialogue process as they are the genuine party in the dispute. Fazl said that the resolution of Kashmir dispute is also imperative for promotion of bilateral relations between Pakistan and India, and this could bring peace to the region.

Expressing concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the resolution condemned rights violations in the territory and demanded the Indian government respect the human rights of the Kashmiri people. "Rights of Kashmiri people regarding self-determination, speech and movement from one place to another should be respected and impressed upon India to withdraw its troops from the disputed territory besides conducting investigation into unaccounted graves. India should release all the political detainees in occupied Kashmir and abolish all the black laws," the resolution stated.

It also called upon India to initiate a result-oriented, meaningful and time-bound dialogue process with Pakistan. Fazl said the Pakistani nation and all its institutions have always supported the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people and Pakistan observes Solidarity Day with the Kashmiri people on the 5th of February and this year too this day will be observed. He said a delegation of the Kashmir Committee will present a memorandum at UN office on Wednesday (today), while another delegation will go to Kohala Bridge to participate in the human chain which will be formed to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Ackahzai said Kashmir belongs to the Kashmiris and they should be allowed to decide their fate. PML-N's Tahir Iqbal said over 27,000 Kashmiri women have been made widows by the Indian occupation forces. He said Pakistan wanted a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. MQM's Abdul Waseem said Kashmiris should be granted right to self-determination. Meanwhile, Shafqat Mehmood of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said relations with India could not be improved without resolving the Kashmir issue. Earlier, the resolution moved by PPP's Belum Hasnain urged the government to take immediate measures for resolving the issue of construction of dams by India on the waters of Pakistan.

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