Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Ameer Sirajul Haq has asked the Pakistan government to scrap the 1972 Shimla Agreement with India, Pakistani media reported. "While our people are dying, you are acting as a mere spectator," said Haq addressing a rally held here on Sunday to express solidarity with Kashmiris reeling under an unprecedented day-and-night curfew and communication blackout for several weeks.
According to the reports, JI chief said it was their legal right to fight for freedom from India's illegal occupation of their land.
In response to the Indian move to unilaterally withdraw the Article 370 and 35A of its constitution, he demanded the Pakistan government to revoke the Shimla Accord and take solid measures to eliminate fence from the 450-km-long Line of Control.
The JI chief reiterated that his country would not be intimidated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's belligerent attitude. He announced that he would thrash out a strategy for Kashmir's freedom after consultation with the people.
The Simla Agreement signed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan on 2nd July 1972 was much more than a peace treaty seeking to reverse the consequences of the 1971 war (i.e. to bring about withdrawals of troops and an exchange of PoWs). It was a comprehensive blue print for good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan.
Under the Simla Agreement, both countries undertook to abjure conflict and confrontation which had marred relations in the past, and to work towards the establishment of durable peace, friendship and cooperation.
The Simla Agreement contains a set of guiding principles, mutually agreed to by India and Pakistan, which both sides would adhere to while managing relations with each other.
These emphasize respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; non-interference in each other’s internal affairs; respect for each others unity, political independence; sovereign equality; and abjuring hostile propaganda.
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