The National Assembly on Monday (Dec 16) unanimously passed a resolution against the passage of India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which granted the citizenship to minorities excluding Muslims.
According to the bill Now, there will be an exception for members of six religious minority communities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – if they can prove that they are from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. They will only have to live or work in India for six years to be eligible for citizenship by naturalisation, the process by which a non-citizen acquires the citizenship or nationality of that country.
The text of the resolution tabled by Federal Minister for Special Education Shafqat Mehmood, stated that the House condemns the Indian Citizenship Act. “The act based on religious biasness is the highlight of India’s extremist ideology,” read resolution. The resolution also demanded that India cease human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the National Assembly, the Foreign Minister said that India is trying to take back citizenship from Muslims. “India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) discriminates on the basis of religion,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.
“The delegations will include former ambassadors,” he told the members of parliament. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser then said that now would be the right time to take advantage so that the role that could not be played at the time that India annexed special rights for Kashmir.
Approving of the proposed plan, the Speaker said, “Send delegations to the world and highlight the situation in Kashmir.” He also assured the Foreign Minister that should the government plan to move a resolution against India’s controversial citizen bill, it will get complete approval.
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