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An uncompromising Pakistan won't invite J&K speaker. Will India boycott Commonwealth meet?

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:36 IST

Pakistan has refused to compromise over the Kashmir speaker issue. The neighbouring country has decided not to invite the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to the upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Meanwhile, India has threatened to boycott the meet if the speaker of the J&K assembly is not invited.

Sartaj Aziz, Special Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs and National Security, said in Islamabad that Kashmir was a disputed territory and Pakistan does not recognise its assembly.

"We will never invite the speaker of occupied Jammu and Kashmir Assembly," Aziz said. He added that Pakistan's principled position on Jammu and Kashmir will be compromised if the speaker of held Kashmir is invited to the conference.

"Pakistan does not recognise and accept the said assembly as a legitimate one," he said.

Pakistan is hosting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference from 30 September to 8 October for which over 70 per cent of the delegates have confirmed participation.

Indian High Commissioner T C A Raghavan said Pakistan had violated protocol by not inviting the speaker of Jammu and Kashmir, the Dawn reported. "In the past Pakistan has invited delegations from Kashmir," he said.

Raghavan also said that India will not attend the conference if Pakistan did not invite the speaker.

-- PTI


First published: 9 August 2015, 11:44 IST
 
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