Joint Parliamentary session discusses scrapping of article 370 for the second day

ISLAMABAD: The joint parliamentary session which is continuing on the second day over the scrapping of article 370 annulling special status given to citizens of Indian occupied Kashmir vehemently slammed the New-Delhi move on Wednesday.

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The opposition lashed the government and incumbent prime minister, Imran Khan over offering to extend talks with his counterpart Narendra Modi.

Ex-President Asif Ali Zardari, former foreign minister Khawaja Asif and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader, Senator Mushadiullah criticized the government over allegedly giving up on Kashmir.

However, on treasury benches, the government and its ministers accused the opposition of creating division at this delicate time.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday urged to break diplomatic relations with New Delhi.

Addressing the joint session of the Parliament, Chaudhry said, “If no decision is accepted, why is the Indian envoy here? The Indian envoy is a nice man but he is a representative of a fascist government.”

“If there no diplomacy why is money being spent on diplomats? We should break diplomatic ties with India,” Chaudhry added.

“The Kashmir issue is the second major incident after the separation of East Pakistan. Pakistan Peoples Party was formed for the cause of Kashmir. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, after negotiations, took back the land from Indira Gandhi,” said Zardari.

“India will be divided because of Modi’s thinking. Muslims of India and occupied Kashmir now understand the two-nation theory of Quaid-e-Azam,” Zardari said during the joint session.

“Does India not know there is tailor-made democracy in Pakistan?” he questioned.

Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari termed India’s move to abolish the special status of occupied Kashmir as a war crime.

The scrapping of Articles 370 and 35-A violated the Shimla Accord, the decisions of India’s superior courts and all international norms, she said, as she urged the international community to take notice of the situation and the resulting risk of genocide and ethnic cleansing in the valley.

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