Senator Malik proposes resolution against 465 days’ siege in IIOJK

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – October 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD: In senate standing committee on Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (S-SC-KA-GB) meeting, Monday, senator Rehman Malik, hailing from Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P), proposed a resolution condemning the 465 days’ siege in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), which until now has been the longest military curfew in the occupied territory.

According to an official statement, senator Sajid Mir, hailing from Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), chaired the session of S-SC-KA-GB in the parliament house.

The committee unanimously passed the resolution and demanded that the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) direct the Indian government to uplift curfew immediately.

The meeting was also briefed regarding the administration of Jammu and Kashmir State Property in Pakistan; it’s utilisation; annual income and expenditure.   

The S-SC-KA-GB was informed that the government of Pakistan (GoP) took over the management of properties in 1955 on the request of the government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The GoP assumed control and ownership of the said properties by promulgating Jammu and Kashmir (Administration of Property) Ordinance-III of the 1961 amendment, as amended in 1977 and 1979.

Properties are divided into urban property and agricultural land.

Agricultural lands have been let out to local populace; whereas urban property has been mostly rented to Kashmiri decent. 

A management committee has been set-up for maintenance of the said properties, which according to estimates will generate income worth Rs 484,999 million during one financial year 2020-21.

Records of these properties have been managed manually until now.

However, the committee was informed that the concerned ministry will request national information and technology board (NITB) to develop software for digitising the record for easy access and safety.

Challenges faced by the ministry regarding the maintenance of properties include illegal occupation and encroachment; low rental income; security and issues with military estate office.

Legal matters and civil suits are other issues that the ministry faces. The S-SC-KA-GB members asserted that details of properties; violations and officers manhandled must be submitted to the committee. 

The S-SC-KA-GB meeting was also attended by senator Nighat Mirza, senator Najma Hameed, senator Malik, Senator lieutenant general (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, senator Liaqat Khan Tarakai along-with senior officers of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (KA-GB) ministry.