-Domicile law for non-Kashmiris
By Asghar Ali Mubarak
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said as the entire world took steps to counter the pandemic of Coronavirus, India on the other hand remained focus on hitting at Kashmiris by violating the international laws and resolutions of UN Security Council. In his statement on the recent ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020, the foreign minister termed it yet “another illegal step by India to settle non-Kashmiris in IOJ&K by changing the domicile laws”.
Foreign Minister Qureshi said at present, the Kashmiri leadership and thousands of Kashmiri youth were detained in Indian jails, adding that the Indian government instead of providing them food and medicine was bringing changes to the domicile laws.
He said India’s actions were a continuation of Its illegal and unilateral steps since 5 August 2019 and constituted a violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions, bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan, and humanitarian norms.
Qureshi mentioned that he had informed the UN Secretary General through a telephonic call about India’s illegal and unconstitutional step and called for taking urgent notice of the situation. Terming the step as “an extremely controversial”, the foreign minister said it could lead to further deterioration of situation in the IOJ&K.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said India is violating international laws and UN resolutions by maneuvering to change demography of occupied Kashmir. In a video message, he said changing domicile rules shows Indian leadership’s anti-Muslim agenda. He said New Delhi regime has incarcerated Hurriyat leaders instead of providing them food and medicines in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The foreign minister said Modi Government has put the entire Kashmiri leadership and thousands of Kashmiri youth in Indian jails to subjugate their voice and fundamental human rights.
He said India’s stance to introduce changes in domicile rules is basically the agenda of changing the population ratio of Muslims in the occupied territory. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the entire Kashmiri leadership and Pakistan have strongly rejected India’s move altogether. FM Qureshi said he has informed the Secretary General of United Nations about this Indian move and asked him to take serious notice of it.
He said the UN Secretary General has assured him to take this matter with the Indian government about it. He warned the global community that it is the same controversial move like Citizens Amendment Act and if it is not stopped, it will worsen the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan Friday spurned the new domicile rules imposed by the Indian government with the motives to change demography of Indian Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IOJK). He said that India’s BJP regime had carried out this night ambush on the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir when the whole world was busy in combating Coronavirus, and the besieged and oppressed people of Kashmiri itself were affected by the pandemic as well as the brutalities of the Indian Army.