India wants the entire Kashmir

By Zeeshan Ghayur
Wednesday – August 14, 2019
ISLAMABAD: As introduced in the Indian upper house (Rajya Sabha), Bill No. XXIX of 2019, The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, clearly in clause 14.(4), mentioned, “Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (3), until the area of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir under the occupation of Pakistan ceases to be so occupied and the people residing in that area elect their representatives (a) 24 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir shall remain vacant and shall not be taken into account for reckoning the total membership of the Assembly.”

It continued, “And (b) the said area and seats shall be excluded in delimiting the territorial constituencies as provided under part V of this Act.”

Whereas in Beijing on Monday, according to an official Indian statement, during a bilateral meeting between Indian and Chinese foreign ministers, the Indian side lied that the legislative changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter.

The Indian side deceived that the recent parliamentary decision did not impact the line of control (LOC) and added that where India Pakistan relations are concerned, Chinese side should base its assessment on realities.

Indian foreign minister misled Chinese counterpart saying that India, as a responsible power, had shown restraint in face of provocative Pakistani rhetoric and actions and that India has always stood for normalisation of the ties in an atmosphere free of terror.

The Indian side bluffed that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and that there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the line of actual control (LAC) with China and added that India was not raising any additional territorial claims.

Indian foreign minister concluded that the Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced and conveyed, to calm the escalating tensions, that so far as the India China boundary question was concerned the two sides had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the 2005 political parameters and guiding principles.

Meanwhile, as per the incumbent Indian constitution, after having revoked Article 370, the long occupied State of Jammu and Kashmir (the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK)) will be divided into two union territories namely Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will comprise Baramulla, Srinagar, Anantnag, Udhampur and Jammu constituencies whereas the union territory of Ladakh will comprise one constituency of the same name.

Earlier on Thursday, according to an official Indian statement, India resented, “We have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations.”

The Indian statement begged, “The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”

On the same day a United Nations’ official statement read, “The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint.

“The position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions.  

“The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.  

“The Secretary-General is also concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region.  

“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.”