Pakistan rejects India’s ‘illegal’ new domicile law for held Kashmir | Pakistan Today

Pakistan rejects India’s ‘illegal’ new domicile law for held Kashmir

–PM Imran says Pakistan condemns India’s continued attempts to ‘illegally’ alter demography in IOK

–FO says India’s Reorganisation Order 2020 violates international law and Geneva Convention

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Pakistan strongly condemns the Indian government’s continued attempts to “illegally” alter the demography in occupied Kashmir.

He was referring to the new domicile law introduced by the Indian government, under which an Indian citizen, who has lived in occupied Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years, can call the territory their place of domicile.

Through a gazette notification issued by the Indian government on Wednesday, a domiciled person has been defined as one who has resided for a period of 15 years in the occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10 or 12 examinations in an educational institution located there.

The prime minister in a post on Twitter said that the new domicile law was in “violation of all international laws and treaties”.

Calling the timing of the move “particularly reprehensible”, he said the action sought to exploit the international focus on the Covid-19 pandemic to further the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “Hindutva” agenda.

A statement issued by the Foreign Office earlier in the day also stated that the Reorganisation Order 2020 was a violation of international law and the Geneva Convention.

The statement said Pakistan had been trying to sensitise the world community to India’s attempt to change the “demography and distinct identity” of Kashmir.

“The latest Indian action, at this moment of global health crisis, is particularly reprehensible as it seeks to take advantage of the international community’s focus on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and further advance Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘Hindutva’ agenda.”

The statement called on the United Nations and the world community to take notice of India’s actions and hold it “accountable for its persistent violations of international law”.

Last month, Pakistan had called on India to lift the communication blockade imposed in occupied Kashmir and ensure supplies of essential commodities in the valley to contain the spread of Covid-19 and mitigate the suffering of Kashmiris.

The Indian government had on August 5, 2019 repealed Article 370 of its constitution, stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status. It also divided up occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories; one Jammu and Kashmir, and the other the Buddhist-dominated high altitude region of Ladakh. The bifurcation of the territory came into effect on October 31 last year.

A strict lockdown and communications blackout has been in place in occupied Kashmir since August last year, with reports suggesting limited mobile data services and internet were temporarily restored in the region in January.

Kashmir is a disputed territory claimed in full by both India and Pakistan. The UN Security Council has passed multiple resolutions recognising the Kashmir issue as an international dispute and calling for a plebiscite in the valley to give Kashmiris their right of self-determination.

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  1. SKChadha said:

    The new law is for entire territories of Union Territory of J&K (including PoK & GB. 🤣🤣🤣

    • csrao said:

      If Pakistan by force push all patients infected with Virus from Wuhan cases into GB areas, India should consider taking some action to stop.

  2. Frank said:

    So many people in Pakistan administered Kashmir, Mirpur and Gilgit Baltistan are currently infected with COVID 19. With no basic hospital facilities in these areas, there is no hope for these people. The leaders in Pakistan should first take care of Kashmiris on its side rather than worrying about others.


    When a “down and out” UN Chief Antony Guterres sits on the Kartarpur floor and listens to 1000 time repeated arguments from Pakistanis it shows how much things have changed from Jan 2019 to Jan 2020. From the Pulwama mischief now Kashmir has been geographically broken into smaller Indian government controlled units. The useless leaders who blamed Delhi for everything have been removed and positive steps are being taken to integrate and develop Kashmir. No ISIS or Taliban can do anything to change this. And Imran can at best start a twitter war not a real war.

  4. csrao said:

    Who Knows may be Sindh also want to be incorporated Indian States rather than in Federal Govt of pakis? By sea route Sindusthan will be nearer from Gujrat than Delhi. IK should hasten the process for liberation of Sindhusthan, so that minimum 33 years of living in Sindh gives pakis citizenship in Sindhudesh?

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