Reacting to reports of resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir having been passed by Pakistan's National Assembly and the Senate, India on Tuesday said such motions had no locus standi in its “purely internal affair.”
It said Pakistan should instead tackle the issues of constitutional safeguards, democracy, extremism, terrorism and human rights violations in the part of Jammu and Kashmir that was under its “illegal occupation.”
“In the spirit of true rationality, India desires good neighbourly relations with Pakistan. We are committed to resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue. Crucially, Pakistan must fulfil its stated commitment of not allowing territory under its control to be used for terrorism directed against India in any manner,” a Foreign Office statement said on a day when the all-party delegation from Delhi wound up its visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
This is the second time in a week that India and Pakistan have exchanged verbal volleys on Jammu and Kashmir. Four days earlier, reacting to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's observations, New Delhi on Tuesday asked Islamabad to focus on checking infiltration of terrorists in order to help the people of the State, while India's “vibrant democracy” attended to issues in any part of the country.
“Pakistan should take credible and effective action against infiltration from across the Line of Control and dismantle the terror infrastructure that exists in the territory under its control. As a vibrant democracy, India has sufficient mechanisms and constitutional safeguards to address issues raised by its citizens in any part of the country,” the Foreign Office statement had said on Tuesday.
“This would be an important contribution towards safeguarding the welfare of the people of J&K who suffer the consequences of terrorism fomented from across the Line of Control and the International Border,” the statement added, responding to Mr. Qureshi's views on “black laws” and “human rights violations” in the State.
Pakistan passes resolution
Anita Joshua writes
Pakistan's Parliament on Monday condemned India's “brutal use of state force” in ‘occupied Kashmir' and urged the international community to stop being silent spectators to the “brutalities” in the troubled Valley.
First the Senate and then the National Assembly adopted identical resolutions on the situation in Kashmir on the opening day of the current session, but a discussion scheduled for Tuesday in the Lower House did not take place.
In the National Assembly, the resolution was moved by Chairman of the Special Committee of The Parliament on Kashmir, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman.
The resolution — moved in the Senate by the Opposition — also calls for the withdrawal of troops from the State, repeal of black laws, and the lifting of curfew in Kashmir.
Expressing dismay over the situation in Kashmir, the two Houses further demanded an end to the media blackout, the release of arrested Kashmiri leaders and youngsters, and access to human rights organisations inside Kashmir.
Support for struggle
Extending support to the struggle of the Kashmiri people, the resolution said Pakistan would always provide moral, diplomatic and political support “for their right to self-determination.”
Articulating the dismay in Pakistani polity over the silence of the international community towards the issue, the resolution urged the United Nations to ensure that its resolution on the Kashmir dispute was implemented.