India 'replicating Israel' in Kashmir: Pakistani lawmaker

India's Kashmir rule 'replicates Israel in Palestine', Pakistani lawmaker says
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28 May, 2021
The Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir's chair was discussing Jammu and Kashmir at an Islamabad conference called 'Palestine and Kashmir Crisis: Call for justice'.
Shehryar Khan Afridi said 'top [Indian] police and civil bureaucrats' went to Israel for instruction [Orhan Akkanat/Anadolu/Getty-archive]

India's rule in Jammu and Kashmir is akin to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land, the head of a Pakistani parliamentary body concerned with Kashmir said on Thursday.

Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir chair Shehryar Khan Afridi was addressing an Islamabad conference when he discussed the India-controlled areas of the predominantly Muslim region, the Anadolu Agency reported.

Speaking at the "Palestine and Kashmir Crisis: Call for justice" conference, Afridi said "the Indian regime had… its top police and civil bureaucrats" in the territory taken to Israel for instruction prior to 5 August 2019.

This was the day Kashmir had its longstanding position as a semi-autonomous territory taken away by India.

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The former interior minister said the Indian government "brought [the bureaucrats] back to replicate the Israeli model".

He alleged: "Among these included [the] infamous police officer, Imtiaz Hussain, who is blamed for killing 200 Kashmiri Muslims."

According to Afridi, after learning from the Israelis, Hussain was made "security in-charge in Srinagar to suppress protests in Jammu and Kashmir".

He said the "[s]ettler colonial project of Israel is being implemented in blatant violation of UN resolutions."

"40,00,000 new domicile certificates have been issued out of which 500,000 [have been] issued to people from mainland India who never visited Kashmir," Afridi continued.

The Jammu and Kashmir region is claimed by both India and Pakistan in its entirety.

On the same day India-controlled Kashmir had its semi-autonomy taken in August 2019, India also implemented a widely criticised internet blackout.

While this ended in January 2020, speed restrictions continued to apply. It was only in February this year that the speed restrictions were lifted.