Congress of Pakistan: Revisiting the Feb 22, 1994 Parliamentary resolution
by Hari Om on 22 Feb 2013 17 Comments

Pakistan, which says again and again that Jammu & Kashmir is an “unfinished agenda of partition”, has been bleeding India with a thousand-cut almost at regular intervals to promote its rabidly anti-India agenda and annex this part of Jammu & Kashmir. It has been claiming that since Jammu & Kashmir was a Muslim-majority State, it should have become part of Pakistan which was created on the basis of two-nation theory on August 14, 1947, withholding the truth that Jammu & Kashmir was a Princely State and not part of British India which had to be divided into two independent and sovereign states – India and Muslim Pakistan.


Pakistan invaded Jammu & Kashmir in 1947 and illegally occupied its territories, such as the so-called Azad Kashmir and strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region after rape, murder and pillage. When the Indian Army was about to expel the Pakistani regulars and irregulars from the occupied areas, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and National Conference president and Jammu & Kashmir Wazir-e-Azam Sheikh Abdullah hatched a conspiracy against the nation and enforced a ceasefire, thus directly helping Pakistan consolidate its position in the occupied areas.


Pakistan continues to maintain its hold over these areas and uses them for producing terror and exporting terror to India. Pakistan again tried to annex this part of the state in 1965 and 1971, but suffered humiliating defeats at the hands of the chivalrous, brave and committed Indian Army. Ironically, the Congress leadership of the time, which had no clear-cut stand on Jammu & Kashmir, converted the spectacular Indian victories on the battlefield into humiliating defeats on the negotiating table, thus outraging the sensitivities of the nation and paying scant respect to the supreme sacrifices the Indian Army had made while fighting splendidly against the Pakistani Army.


Pakistan made a fourth attempt to annex this part of Jammu & Kashmir in the late 1980s. In fact, it unleashed a low-intensity proxy war and in no time secessionist violence gripped the Kashmir Valley and other parts of the state, especially the areas adjoining the Kashmir Valley, the main trouble spot. Pakistan-sponsored and indoctrinated terrorists and mercenaries played havoc with the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The orgy of death and destruction affected all sections of society.


The miniscule minority of Kashmiri Hindus was the worst sufferer. In fact, fanatics, separatists and ardent believers in the concept of two-nation created an environment that left the minority community with no other option but to quit their native habitat in early 1990 and become refugees in their own motherland.


Pakistan considered the miniscule minority of Kashmiri Hindus as a community of “fifth columnists” or “Indian agents”. Their objective was to cleanse the Valley of all non-Muslims and they almost succeeded in their perverted game-plan. The custodians of the Indian State did not really act for reasons best known to them. As a result, the merchants of death and destruction bloodied and convulsed the state several times even after the religious cleansing and genocide of the minorities in Kashmir and other parts of the state, especially Jammu province, and succeeded in disturbing the already rather delicate socio-religious and political equilibrium in the state, with minorities being the target of the Pakistani-sponsored and abetted butchers and enemies of humanity. All this put the territorial integrity of the country under grave threat.


It was only in February 1994 that the Indian State acted as a genuine and self-respecting nation. As a matter of fact, both Houses of Parliament on February 22 adopted a unanimous resolution on Jammu & Kashmir. The historic resolution was moved by the presiding officers and adopted unanimously by the two Houses. It has neither been rescinded nor amended so far. It was not a resolution but the national resolve of a committed nation.


What did the resolution say, envisage and require the Government of India to do to tackle Pakistan and retrieve the territories Islamabad had occupied after waging war? The resolution noted “with deep concern Pakistan’s role in imparting training to the terrorists in camps located in Pakistan and Occupied Kashmir, the supply of weapons and funds, assistance in infiltration of trained militants, including foreign mercenaries into Jammu & Kashmir with the avowed purpose of creating disorder disharmony and subversion”. It reiterated that “the militants trained in Pakistan are indulging in murder, loot and other heinous crimes against the people, taking them hostage and creating an atmosphere of terror” and condemned strongly “the continued support and encouragement Pakistan is extending to subversive and terrorist activities in the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir”.


Not just this. The resolution noted with “deep concern the highly provocative statements emanating from Pakistan” and urged Pakistan “to refrain from making statements which vitiate the atmosphere and incite public opinion” and expressed regret and concern at the “pitiable conditions and violations of human rights and denial of democratic freedoms of the people in those areas of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, which are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan”.


As for the State of Jammu & Kashmir, the resolution said: “The state of Jammu & Kashmir has been, is and shall be an integral part of India and any attempts to separate it from the rest of the country will be resisted by all necessary means” and that “India has the will and capacity to firmly counter all designs against its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity”.


The resolution, which was adopted on behalf of the outraged, angry and concerned Indian nation, not only reiterated that Jammu & Kashmir was an integral part of India and it shall remain so forever, but also asked Pakistan to “vacate the areas of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir, which they have occupied through aggression” and warned Pakistan in unambiguous language that “all attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of India will be met resolutely,” and that “Pakistan’s anti-India campaign of calumny and falsehood” was utterly “unacceptable and deplorable”.


This was the national resolve. It is indeed a matter of grave concern that the custodians of the Indian State, instead of giving effect to the national resolve, are yielding and not taking any concrete steps to defeat Pakistan’s evil designs.


What is even more shocking is the fact that the Congress and the UPA Government, instead of tearing into barbarous Pakistan for the brutal killing of our soldiers Lance Naik Hem Raj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and their mutilation and decapitation of martyr Hem Raj on January 8, 2013 in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district, have been dubbing the RSS and BJP as terrorist organizations. In this way, the Congress-dominated UPA is willfully weakening the national resolve to fight and comprehensively defeat the evil enemy by linking Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express blasts cases to organizations like as the RSS and the BJP.


The fact of the matter is that the Congress party, which could be dubbed the Congress of Pakistan, has been causing damage after damage to the nation and directly and indirectly helping Pakistan to promote its hate and break-India agenda. This is utterly unacceptable.


Little wonder then that the nation is seething with anger and looking for a credible alternative that is competent to protect and advance our paramount sovereign interests, provide a nation-centric administration, attain status in the comity of self-respecting nations, defeat Pakistan comprehensively and implement the February 22, 1994 national resolve in letter and spirit.      


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