Islamabad, April 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution strongly condemning atrocities perpetrated on innocent Kashmiri by the Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir. The resolution moved by Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir demanded the international community implement the UNSC resolutions that promise right of self-determination to Kashmiri people.
The resolution urged the government to request the Human Rights Council in Geneva to send a fact finding mission to the occupied valley to investigate the human rights violations. The resolution said that the UNMOGIP should return to the valley till the holding of plebiscite. It appreciated and expressed solidarity with the brave people of Kashmir and spontaneous and peaceful struggle against illegal Indian occupation. The resolution said that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination as enshrined in the UNSC resolutions.
The resolution noted that the blatant human rights violations by the Indian forces cannot deter the firm resolve of valiant Kashmiri people. The resolution called upon the international community including inter-governmental and parliamentary organizations, the civil society and the media to play their role to get stopped the Indian atrocities in the valley. It said that the Indian authorities should repeal all the black laws in occupied Kashmir and release all the political workers including Hurriyat leaders besides lifting all sorts of restrictions on the media.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pakistan wants honourable and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland. Responding to questions of members in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he said there are currently fifty four refugee camps in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which are providing the facility of transit to the terrorists. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Pakistan is strongly highlighting Kashmir dispute at international fora including UN, Human Rights Commission and OIC.
About the US air and defense attaché who recently hit and killed a motorcyclist in the federal capital, the foreign minister said the US diplomat is still in Pakistan. He said the US embassy has assured full cooperation in the investigation. He said action will be taken in accordance with law. The Foreign Minister said five Pakistani nationals are currently detained at Guantanamo Bay. Two of them are facing charges while the remaining three have not been charged of any crime. He said efforts are being made to bring the three detainees back to the country.
About the Syrian conflict, Khawaja Asif said Pakistan has not taken any side in this conflict and it supports its peaceful resolution. He said we support the United Nations efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria. Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry laid before the house “The Prevention of Smuggling of Migrants Bill, 2018. The chair referred the bill to the relevant committee for further consideration. The house today passed two bills.
These are COMSATS University Islamabad bill, 2018 and the Institute of Art and Culture Bill, 2018. Responding to the concerns of the opposition members over the recently announced tax reforms package, Adviser on Finance Miftah Ismail said it is a historic and fantastic package in which unprecedented relief has been given to the salaried class by substantially reducing the tax rates. He wondered why the PPP and the PTI are protesting over the tax reduction which has given raise of ten to fifteen percent in salaries to the employees.
The adviser also clarified that proceeds of criminal activities or corruption cannot benefit from the tax amnesty scheme. He said the scheme is aimed at increasing the tax base and it will help attract more investment and spur industrial activity in the country. The house will now meet tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10:30.
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