Pakistan Rejects India’s Controversial Law On Land Ownership In Occupied Kashmir

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

28th Oct, 2020. 07:24 pm
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Pakistan has categorically rejected another controversial India’s illegal amendment on land ownership in occupied Kashmir.

It is to be noted that India has implemented the new law ‘Union Treaty of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order 2020’ under which Indian citizens will be able to acquire land in occupied Kashmir.

Earlier, on August 5, 2019, after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of India revoked the special status of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, several other laws have been introduced.

A Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement that Pakistan rejects the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act.

He said the Indian move was reprehensible and contrary to UN Security Council resolutions.

The spokesperson said that Indian law on land ownership of Occupied Kashmir is another clear violation of bilateral agreements between Islamabad and New Delhi and international law.

Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that Azad Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute under UN Security Council resolutions (UNSC) and international law.

He said that on August 5, 2019, the end of the status quo of occupied Kashmir, domicile law and now land ownership laws are aimed at changing the demographic structure of Azad Jammu and Kashmir so that Kashmiris can be made a minority in their own land. ۔

According to a Foreign Ministry spokesman, changing the demographic structure of the occupied territories is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and a war crime.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that all the steps taken by India are illegal and immoral.

He said that India had turned occupied Kashmir into the largest military zone in the world.

The Foreign Office spokesperson stressed that the United Nations and the international community should take immediate action to prevent India from changing the identity of Occupied Kashmir and resolve the dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. And help in resolving Kashmir.

Amendments to domicile law Narendra Modi’s government had earlier this year enacted a new domicile law for occupied Jammu and Kashmir under which a person residing in Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years could declare the occupied territory in his domicile as his native area.

The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Act clarifies that a person declaring the occupied area in the domicile as his native area must have resided in the central area of ​​Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years or receiving education for a period of 7 years, attended class 10 or 12 at an educational institution located in the area and took the exam.

Earlier, Article 35A of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution defined a citizen as a domicile of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to be issued only to a person who is registered as an immigrant with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner in the Occupied Territory.

The new law also includes central government officials, including All India Services Officers, PSUs and central government autonomous agencies, public sector banks and central universities, central university officials and recognized central government research institutes. This includes children who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of 10 years or children of parents who meet any of the requirements in the section.

Indigenous people will also have to apply for a new domicile for permanent citizenship, for which they will have to show a Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC), which will apply from 1927, after which the PRC will become meaningless.

Protests erupted in India after the law was enacted because 200 million Muslims fear that Narendra Modi seeks to make India a Hindu state, which Narendra Modi denied.

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