‘India’s illegal actions threaten peace in the region,’ President Alvi tells joint parliamentary session – Pakistan

President Arif Alvi delivered his constitutional mandate speech on Thursday in a joint session of parliament at the beginning of the second parliamentary year of the National Assembly under the Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, the chiefs of the navy and the air force, and the chairman of the Joint Committee of Chiefs of Staff attended the session.

Opposition members began raising "Go Niazi Go" slogans, addressed to Prime Minister Imran, as soon as President Alvi began his speech.

Alvi began his speech congratulating the lower house of parliament for completing his first year under the PTI government.

The chiefs of the armed services attend the parliamentary session. – DawnNewsTV

"It is my constitutional responsibility to review the performance of parliament," President Alvi said, amid a strong opposition protest.

Referring to the revocation of India from the special autonomy of occupied Kashmir, he said: "India has violated its own constitution and the Simla Agreement with its illegal actions [in occupied Kashmir].

"The government has raised the problem with the United Nations Security Council and other platforms with great success.

"It is a great achievement for the government that the United Nations Security Council hold a session on the issue after more than 50 years, despite the fact that India does everything possible to prevent that from happening."

"[I] "I thank the friendly countries that understood the seriousness of the Kashmir problem, especially China, and raised it at the UN," he said. The president also praised what he called a successful visit of the prime minister to the United States.

"Pakistan is with its Kashmir brothers. We will continue to provide moral support; we were, we are and always will be with the cashmere."

"The illegal actions of India have threatened peace in the region. Pakistan has always responded to the Indian war with offers of dialogue.

"India has intensified the ceasefire violations in the Control Line.

"India has always sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil; Kulbhushan Jadhav is an example. He has confessed that he is an officer on duty and was sent to ignite tensions in Balochistan."

The president said the world will have to recognize that India is being ruled by a "fascist party": the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Government performance, economy and development

President Alvi said the state of Madina was the first to issue a human rights letter. "I am glad that the prime minister is personally reviewing the performance of each ministry.

"The Citizens Portal initiative is very admirable and I hope it improves.

"I want to emphasize that it is important for the development of the economy to move towards an economic system based on technology.

"The IT sector should be promoted and young people should receive training in IT and artificial intelligence. IT development will lead to a stronger democracy."

He noted that an increase in exports and a decrease in imports has reduced the current account deficit and foreign reserves have also increased in the last year.

The president emphasized the documentation of all companies to prevent smuggling and said that tax forms should be provided.

"The lack of responsibility has damaged the country's economy," he said. "Corruption eats the roots of any nation. Unfortunately, our country has been suffering because of this."

While the opposition members continued their strong protest, the president at this point asked them to "continue making noise but also pay attention to [what I am saying]".

"I hope the government will take concrete measures to control the population," he continued. "In this sense, the media can play an important role.

"I also want to ask religious leaders and civil society to contribute to promoting awareness."

President Alvi thanked the performance of the judiciary during the past year, saying that the rapid disposition of cases and the establishment of model courts were laudable developments.

"I direct the government to ensure that the Ehsas program remains transparent," he said.

"Women receive equal representation in the Ehsas program. We must give women a respectful position in society. We need legislation to ensure that women get their legitimate share of the inheritance."

"The government's plan to build homes for the homeless is admirable and I hope it will be completed as quickly as possible."

"The proportion of young people in the population is considerable and the Kamyab Jawan Program will help them to be economically independent.

"[I] We hope that electronic wallets and payment methods will be introduced so that people can pay the smallest amounts through their phones. This would also facilitate documentation.

"We need to include people with different abilities in our economic circle."

President Alvi said that climate change was negatively affecting the country, saying that the government will plant trees and take measures to minimize pollution.

Foreign Relations

The president said Pakistan's atomic weapons "deter the evil plans of our enemies."

"I pay tribute to our forces who demonstrated their worth fighting in a long battle against terrorism.

"Getting involved in the Afghan war cost Pakistan, as Prime Minister Imran Khan has always said. It gave rise to extremist thinking.

"Although we gave refuge to Afghans for our spirit of hospitality, it has overloaded our economy."

Alvi said Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan are "historical," while its relationship with China is vital. "CPEC will promote economic development in the country.

"China took concrete measures against corruption despite stiff opposition. Our government should do the same."

The president said Pakistan's relations with Iran are improving, while their ties are positive with Turkey, whom he thanked "for supporting us in difficult times."

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The president in his speech said that the media is the fourth pillar of the state.

"The government has always wanted the media to play a positive role in society.

"The government must form a concrete social media policy to fight false news, misinformation and misinformation.

"There is complete freedom of expression in Pakistan," he said.

Opposition protest

The leaders of two main opposition parties, the PML-N and the PPP, had said Sunrise on Wednesday they would finalize their strategy for the joint session at a combined opposition meeting just before the start of the session, but declared that they would definitely use their right to protest the "unconstitutional" appointment of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan ( ECP) by the president and the non-issuance of the production order for the arrested legislators.

"The government is unlikely to have a good progress during the joint session," said Syed Naveed Qamar of the PPP.

PML-N information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said Sunrise that the government in office had a habit of causing problems for itself and, this time, it did so by making "illegal appointments" in the PCE.

She said that until now the NA speaker had not issued the production orders for the arrested opposition members to allow them to attend the joint session. She said it was the right of each member of parliament to attend the joint session.

Currently, six members of the opposition are in the custody of the National Office of Responsibility (NAB) and other law enforcement agencies on charges of corruption. Members arrested are Asif Ali Zardari of the PPP, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Rana Sanaullah Khan of PML-N and Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, the two independent MNAs of Waziristan.

During today's parliamentary session, the PML-N had placed enlarged portraits of Abbasi and Sanaullah in their empty seats.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1504808/indias-illegal-actions-threaten-peace-in-the-region-president-alvi-tells-joint-parliamentary-session

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