ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has termed the move to give domicile of 25,000 Indians in occupied Kashmir as a violation of Security Council resolutions.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, India’s move violates UN Security Council resolutions as domicile certificates have been issued to non-Kashmiris, including Indian government officials.
According to the Foreign Office, India is engaged in conspiracies to change the demographics of occupied Kashmir and to suppress the right of Kashmiris to self-determination.
Controversial Indian domicile law
It may be recalled that India issued a declaration on April 1, according to which a new domicile (citizenship) law will now be enacted in occupied Kashmir and as a result, the fourth in government departments, peon, scavenger, lower level clerk, police constable, etc. Grade posts are reserved for Kashmiris while candidates for gazetted posts from all over India will be eligible for the jobs.
Background of the situation in Kashmir
India had on August 5 last year repealed Article 370, which gave special status to Kashmir, under a presidential decree.
Even before the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha, it had abolished the special status of Kashmir by a presidential decree and at the same time divided the occupied Kashmir into two federally administered parts (UNION TERRITORIES). The first part will consist of Ladakh while the second will consist of Jammu and Kashmir.
What is Article 370?
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution deals with special powers in occupied Kashmir.
Article 370 gives the State of Occupied Kashmir the freedom to make its own constitution, uphold it, keep its flag, and in all matters except defense, foreign affairs, and communications.
The provisions and laws of the Indian Constitution which apply to other States cannot be applied to the State of Occupied Kashmir under this section.
Under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, a citizen of any other state cannot become a citizen of Occupied Kashmir or buy a place in the Valley.