Remember Parliament Resolution on J&K

On February 22, 1994, the Indian Parliament chose to express itself vis a vis the nation’s stance on the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adopted a resolution on J&K, unanimously. It was not a resolution alone but the articulation of  a committed nation towards the state.

The unanimous resolution stands till today. It has neither been rescinded nor amended so far. It reads: On behalf of the People of India, Firmly declares that – 

(a) 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;

(b) India has the will and capacity to firmly counter all designs against its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity; and demands that –

(c) Pakistan must vacate the areas of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, which they have occupied through aggression; and resolves that –

(d) all attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of India will be met resolutely.” 

The Resolution was unanimously adopted.

Out of 2,22,236 sq kms of the J&K state, Jammu has 26,293 sq kms and Ladakh 1,38,942 sq kms. One needs to remember that 78,114 sq kms of the state is under illegal occupation of Pakistan, 37,555 sq kms under illegal occupation of China and 5,180 sq kms have been illegally handed over to China by Pakistan.

While Ladakh constitutes 69.60 % of the state’s total land area, Kashmir valley is just 11.48% and Jammu 18.92%.  Also, Pakistan has practically offered the entire region of Gilgistan-Baltistan to China, to virtually do what it pleases there. A rail link is now under construction from Tibet to join the Pakistan rail network and connect to Gwadar port. Permanent military barracks have been constructed for increasing numbers of Chinese troops. This region is an important link in China’s String of Pearls strategy to contain India.

As an assertion of that resolution, it is logical that the Indian government takes back the entire Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmir (POJK), by whatever means at its disposal. It will be a decisive blow towards ending the security threat to the country from Communist-Islamist alliance. In fact, taking back POJK will also help as it will help fulfil energy needs of India’s growing economy by opening direct routes to oil & gas rich Central Asia.

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”.