By Muhammad Luqman
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Stock Exchange attack in Karachi was perpetrated by India in order to destablise Pakistan and its economy.
In Monday morning attack, four terrorists had tried to storm Pakistan Stock Exchange building in port city of Karachi but were eliminated by security forces in an 8-minute operation.The firing by the terrorists had also resulted in the death of a police officer and two security guards.
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) June 30, 2020
Speaking on the floor of National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistani Parliament , Imran Khan lauded the security forces for thwarting the attack, which could otherwise have caused considerable destruction.
“We have no doubt that India is involved in the attack,” the prime minister categorically said.
He paid respect to the martyrs of the attack, which included a policeman and two security guards of the stock exchange.
First India's attempt at illegal annexation of IOJK & now its attempts to alter IOJK's demographic structure incl by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions & international law, incl 4th Geneva Convention.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 30, 2020
While responding to the issuance of as many as 25,000 domiciles by New Delhi to Indian nationals in the Occupied Kashmir , Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the action as “illegal” and said that he has approached United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres over the matter.
In a series of tweets, the prime minister said that he would also reach out to other world leaders to stop India from going further on an “unacceptable path that further usurps the legal and internationally guaranteed rights of the Kashmiri people”.
He cautioned that such a move would “seriously imperil peace and security in South Asia”.
“First, India’s attempt at illegal annexation of IOJK and now its attempts to alter IOJK’s demographic structure incl[uding] by [the] issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions & international law, incl[uding] 4th Geneva Convention,” he tweeted.
As many as 25,000 non-locals have been granted domicile certificates in Muslim-majority occupied Jammu and Kashmir since May 18, which local politicians believe is the beginning of a move to disturb the demographic profile of the region,
The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles a person to residency and government jobs in the region, which until last year were reserved only for the local population.
Last year on Aug 5, when India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the disputed region, it also scrapped the local special citizenship law, guaranteed under Article 35 (A) of its constitution. The law was barring outsiders including Indian nationals from settling and claiming government jobs, to maintain the demographic balance.