Parliament slams Indian actions in Kashmir, passes Mutual Assistance Bill

By: News Desk      Published: 10:18 PM, 6 Aug, 2020
Parliament slams Indian actions in Kashmir, passes Mutual Assistance Bill
The Senate session is in progress.–File photo

The joint session of the parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning Indian actions in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and atrocities against the unarmed Kashmiris.

The resolution was presented by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during the session presided over by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.

Also, the Senate passed the Mutual Legal Assistance Bill 2020 with a thumping majority. The bill was passed after the ruling PTI and main opposition parties PPP and PML-N reached an understanding on it.

The JUI-F, Jamaat-e-Islami, National Party, PkMAP and lawmakers from the now defunct Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) opposed the bill. A change was made in Article 17 of the bill on the recommendation of the leader of the opposition.

According to the amended law, a person would not be handed over to any country in violation of Pakistani or international human rights. According to Clause 17-G of the amended law, the authority would present a report to the National Assembly and the Senate of Pakistan every six months.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif left the Parliament House before the joint session began.

Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, described Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Hitler and condemned Indian atrocities against the unarmed Kashmiris. He criticised the government’s Kashmir policy and apologised to JUI-F President Fazl-ur-Rehman for not consulting him on the FATF Bill. He assured Fazl this would not happen in future.

Addressing the joint session, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that those who claimed to be ambassadors of Kashmir were in fact counsel for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said that Narendra Modi was neither Atal Bihari Vajpayee nor Manmohan Singh; he is the "Butcher of Gujarat" and a product of the RSS. He said that Kashmiris want their Pakistani brothers to join their fight against the Indian oppression.  

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called upon Opposition Leader in NA Shehbaz Sharif and PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto to come forward with ‘practicable proposals’. The government is ready to act upon opposition’s ‘practicable proposals’, the FM said and alleged they (the opposition leaders) are busy with point-scoring.

He added they were dubbing Imran Khan as Taliban Khan but Imran’s his viewpoint has been proved right. No one is harping on do-more mantra now, he added. The FM said his government will not let Indian PM Modi enter Pakistan without visa and the PTI will neither do trade with Modi nor present any gift to him.