LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution unanimously, expressing solidarity with Kashmiris fighting for their right to self-determination as per UN resolutions.

Legislators from both sides of the political divide levelled allegations and counter allegations against top leadership of political parties during the special sitting arranged in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day. After verbal onslaught from the Opposition, the treasury legislators stood up and started chanting slogans in favour of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and against PTI chief Imran Khan. The House presented scene of a fish market due to sloganeering from legislators from both sides of the political divide.

The session started one hour and 25 minutes behind the scheduled time with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the chair.

The resolution presented by Minister for Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sandhu expressed solidarity with Kashmiris and supported ongoing indigenous movement for their right to self-determination. The House demanded implementation of UN resolutions, withdrawal of Indian forces from the occupied Kashmir and an end to atrocities against innocent citizens. The House demanded that the world community play its due role to get Kashmiris their legitimate rights. The House urged the federal government to continue moral and political support to the oppressed people and utilize all diplomatic resources to free Kashmir from the Indian occupation. Through the unanimously passed resolution, the House assured Kashmiris that the entire nation was with them till fulfilment of their demand for right to self-determination.

JI legislator Dr Waseem Akhtar said that a former prime minister had questioned the logic for drawing a line between two countries when people shared same culture and customs. He said that Nawaz Sharif during his visit to India had suggested getting rid of that dividing line.

Amid protest from treasury legislators, Rana Arshad said the sitting was arranged on the desire of the Opposition but now they were doing politics in the name of Kashmiris.

PML-N lawmaker Hina Pervaiz Butt urged the federal government to do lobbying at international level for early resolution of the Kashmir dispute. She suggested sending delegations of parliamentarians to other countries to highlight Indian atrocities in the held Kashmir. She suggested sharing pictures and videos of atrocities against Kashmiris with the international media so that the world could see real face of India.

PTI’s Sibtain Khan said that performance of the Kashmir Committee had been zero for the last several years. He suggested revisiting the Kashmir policy.  On completion of agenda, the chair adjourned the session till Tuesday (today) at 10am.