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The Sitting of the National Assembly has been adjourned to meet again on Saturday the 13th August, 2022 at 09:00 p.m.|In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to rule 4 of the Parliament (Joint Sittings) Rules, 1973, the Hon. Speaker has been pleased to call a Joint Sitting on Monday, the 22nd August, 2022 at 4.00 p.m, instead of Wednesday, the 20th July, 2022 at 4.00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

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The Resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for peace and stability in the region, Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly
Monday, 8th August, 2022

India cannot crush Kashmiri people's unshakable spirit of self-determination

Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durani  have said that resolution of the Kashmir issue is essential for peace and stability in the region. They said that the use of force against unarmed Kashmiris could neither crush their independence movement nor change the principled position of Pakistan. They said that for the restoration of peace in occupied Kashmir, it was necessary to restore Articles 370 and 35-A to their original shape. They expressed these views in their separate messages on Yaum-E-Istihsal which is being commemorated on 5th August in the country.

On this occasion, the Speaker said that India has deprived the Kashmiris of their freedom and identity by repealing Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution, which is a violation of the promises made to the Kashmiris at the international forums. He said that the repeal of the above article was a reflection of the hateful policies of the Indian government.

The Speaker said that the entire Pakistani nation is united on the Kashmir issue and every child of the Pakistani nation stands with their Kashmiri brothers. He said that Pakistan is  fighting the case of Kashmiris in all international and regional forums through parliamentary diplomacy. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan has always stood by the Kashmiri people and has raised the issue of Kashmir in all parliamentary forums. He urged the Pakistani nation and media to participate more in expressing solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren on the occasion of Yaum-E-Istihsal day.

The Speaker urged the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and put pressure on India to stop using force. He strongly condemned the life imprisonment of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik by India and the atrocities inflicted on him, saying that India cannot suppress the freedom struggle of Kashmiris with its fascist measures. He appealed to the international human rights organizations to play their role in freeing all the Kashmiri prisoners including Yasin Malik.

The Speaker  expressed the hope that the sun of independence would soon rise in occupied Kashmir and the people there would be able to live in a peaceful environment.
On the occasion, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durani said that the entire Pakistani nation stands shoulder to shoulder with its Kashmiri brethren. He said that the struggle would continue till the independence of occupied Kashmir and Pakistan would continue to support Kashmiris on every international forum. He called for the restoration of Articles 370 and 35-A in their original form and for an end to the atrocities perpetrated by India on unarmed Kashmiris and for an immediate solution to the Kashmir issue under the light of UN resolutions.