The federal government of Pakistan has decided to add Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief, Gilgit-Baltistan governor, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) president in to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s seven-member committee to recommend responses to developments in occupied Kashmir, a notification from the PM Office said.
Senator Sirajul Haq, the JI leader, would be extended a formal invitation to join the committee, the notification added, further noting that AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, GB Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, as well as Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem, would be included in the special team.
The notification added that the seven-member committee would analyse India’s latest move — to abolish Article 370 and 35A, thereby, scrapping occupied Kashmir’s special status — and put forth recommendations.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday (August 6) constituted a seven-member committee on a recent situation of occupied Kashmir. According to a press release by the Prime Minister office, the committee will set legal, political and diplomatic recommendations.
According to the notification, the special team would comprise Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Attorney-General of Pakistan, Anwar Mansoor Khan, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, and the PM’s special envoy, Ahmed Bilal Sufi, as well as the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Operations, and the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
India has announced to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A from its constitution, which gives special status and rights to the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The presidential order on 370 states that everything in the Indian Constitution will apply to Jammu and Kashmir.
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17 November, 2019