Jammu, June 30
Pakistan has approached the United Nations with its objections to the new domicile policy in Jammu and Kashmir and is drumming up international support against what it called “unacceptable path that further usurps “rights of the people of Kashmir.
Islamabad has further upped the ante over domicile policy of Jammu and Kashmir, which entitles all Indians who fulfil the criteria of having at least 7 to 15 years of having stayed put in J&K to claim domicile certificate mandatory for jobs and other privileges in J&K. It amounts to bringing the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir at par with the rest of the countrymen with certain privileges and rights reserved for them.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Tuesday saying that he has “approached UN Secretary General and am reaching out to other world leaders”. He added: “India must be stopped from this unacceptable path that further usurps the legal and internationally guaranteed rights of the Kashmiri people and seriously imperils peace and security in South Asia”.
The latest move by Pakistan to approach the UN Secretary General and other world leaders is aimed embarrassing India, as Imran Khan has charged India with effecting a demographic change in Jammu and Kashmir.
Before it was split into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir was the only Muslim majority state in the country. Kashmir Valley is still a predominantly Muslim region.
The trigger for Imran Khan’s this act was a recent media report that 25,000 people , including a senior IAS officer of J&K cadre from Bihar, were given domicile certificate that enables them to compete for jobs in J&K.