NA panel dumbs down armed struggle in Indian Kashmir

Published: February 2, 2016
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Indian paramilitary soldier in Srinagar. PHOTO: AFP

Indian paramilitary soldier in Srinagar. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

A panel of the lower house of parliament has advised the government against encouraging any form of armed struggle in Indian-administered Kashmir in a series of policy recommendations on Pakistan-India relations.

“Pakistan should not encourage calls for active support of armed, banned, militant groups in Kashmir,” reads the four-page policy paper issued by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Monday.

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The panel, headed by PML-N MNA Awais Ahmad Leghari, proposed the government to take action against violent armed outfits to dispel international concerns that Pakistan was not doing enough against groups involved in violent attacks in Kashmir.

Pakistan has long been accused by India of sponsoring militant groups active in the disputed territory. The bipartisan committee proposed a two-pronged strategy — selective engagement and restraint — on Pakistan-India ties.

The panel suggested that Pakistan’s policy towards India should be based on four key principles: reciprocity, reduction, resumption and result. “Pakistan should continue seeking comprehensive engagement with India on all outstanding issues.”

In the absence of this scenario, however, the committee recommended that the government engage with India on four key issues: Kashmir, water, trade, and culture and communication.

On Kashmir, the panel recommended that Pakistan continue calling for resolution of the dispute as the core issue between the two countries. “A key component of Pakistan’s proactive involvement on the Kashmir issue should be lending solid diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris’ struggle for their right to self-determination according to the UN resolutions.”

On water, the panel said the issues should be discussed holistically rather than focusing on particular projects. “Pakistan should actively highlight the violation of the Indus Water Treaty by India on international forums by drawing attention towards the humanitarian aspects and how these violations are adversely affecting Pakistan’s water resources and environment.”

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On trade, the committee said Pakistan should focus more on reducing and controlling informal trade with India. “This can be done through enhancing the capacity of the customs department and the border forces. Furthermore, by relaxing the process to acquire visa, informal trade can be controlled.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Smiling Buddha
    Feb 2, 2016 - 9:57AM

    This is a welcoming decision by NA. Nothing can be achieved armed struggling.Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    Feb 2, 2016 - 10:19AM

    The support of armed struggle in Kashmir had nothing to do with well being of Kashmiri’s, it was only a policy of trying to do what Pakistan thinks India did in 1971. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Feb 2, 2016 - 11:07AM

    It is very encouraging. It is a remarkable redirection of long pursued policies that failed to achieve results. Recommend

  • zoro
    Feb 2, 2016 - 11:31AM

    The penny is finally falling … needs to be seen when …
    In the bargain of Kashmir struggle … Pakistan has lost a lot of money and ground …
    Nothing … literally nothing was achieved … the money which could have been used for normal public upbringing was wasted in Nuclear Bomb and weapons …
    Just everybody in Pakistan Imagine If Kashmir problem was not existing at all ….Recommend

  • Navin
    Feb 2, 2016 - 12:09PM

    In early years pakistan was growing faster than india till pakistan focussed on suppurting armed struggle and went apart…this is good news for pakistan and india should b worry if pakistan is serious about exonomy.Recommend

  • Tatvavetta
    Feb 2, 2016 - 1:48PM

    This is a good suggestion by panel of the lower house of parliament ,we only hope government accepts it. By now visa free travel possible between India and Pakistan.
    Pakistan and India should have been highest trading partners. It is not too late to move towards these aims and goals.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 2, 2016 - 2:39PM

    “Pakistan should actively highlight the violation of the Indus Water Treaty by India on international forums by drawing attention towards the humanitarian aspects and how these violations are adversely affecting Pakistan’s water resources and environment.”

    In the above case parties should go to the ICJ and i think pakistan has gone to ICJ number of times but lost there on every occasion implying there is no violation by India by ICJ.These suggestion i think should be something else rather than the above paragraph.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:57AM

    Armed struggle in Indian occupied Kashmir is indigenous and gets support from Pakistani brothers, which will continue, as it is right of Oppressed Kashmiris as per the UN resolutions.

    we welcome the statement wherein Leghari called for “Pakistan’s continued moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination.”Recommend

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