Members expresses resentment over non-participation of Defense Minister
ISLAMABAD: Members of the Senate standing on the Defense Minister’s non-participation in the committee expressed their displeasure and said, “Who will explain Pakistan’s response strategy?”
The Senate Standing Committee on Defense, chaired by Senator Waleed Iqbal, called for a briefing on India’s unconstitutional move to abolish Article 370, and strongly condemned the changing status of occupied Kashmir.
Members expressed deep resentment over the non-participation of Defense Minister Parvez Khattak. Senator Rehman Malik and others demanded the participation of the Defense Minister.The committee members said that the Defense Minister’s policy statement should have been made on the serious situation in occupied Kashmir. Various threats were made to Pakistan, but who would explain Pakistan’s response strategy? The US president has made a strong statement about Pakistan, who will tell us our stand on it.
The Chairman Committee assured the members that the sentiments should be conveyed to the Defense Minister, saying that the curfew has been imposed in occupied Kashmir for 38 days. Not only are people deprived of food and medicine but they are locked in their homes.
Senator Waleed Iqbal said the internal situation in occupied Kashmir was not being exposed and the media was being harassed. Kashmiris were barred from paying religious duties, which is a serious violation of fundamental rights.
He said that Pakistan has raised the issue of Kashmir situation at all levels and we continue to provide diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiris. Indian Army has also created violations at Line of Control (LoC), which we also have brought in front of the world, but India continues to take aggressive action in combat of madness.
Senator Talha Mehmood raises the question of how military officials are prepared to respond to the war. We should be told a more responsive strategy than we have in the past.