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India wants CPA meet venue to be shifted from Pakistan

Toughening its stand, India has now asked the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to shift the venue of its annual conference from Islamabad, saying Pakistan has lost its right to host the meet by failing to invite the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, violating the body’s constitution.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2015 00:17 IST
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Speaker-Sumitra-Mahajan-in-the-Lok-Sabha-in-New-Delhi-PTI-Photo

Toughening its stand, India has now asked the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to shift the venue of its annual conference from Islamabad, saying Pakistan has lost its right to host the meet by failing to invite the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, violating the body’s constitution.

Last week, India had decided to boycott the conference, to be held from September 30 to October 8, to protest against Pakistan not inviting the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Speaker.

Invitations for the conference have been sent to all the other assembly Speakers in India.

In a letter to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association chairperson, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called for an immediate resolution of the matter and asked for an invite to be sent to Jammu and Kashmir, saying that India would boycott the annual conference otherwise.

Referring to a meeting of the Speakers of all states on Friday, she said it was decided to call the CPA chairperson and the executive committee “to use her good offices to immediately resolve the matter” arising out of an “unilateral” decision made by Pakistan, failing which CPA India, including the Union and state branches, would boycott the event.

Mahajan added that the members felt Pakistan “forfeit” its right to host the 61st conference by not inviting the Jammu and Kashmir CPA branch, in violation of Article 8 of the CPA constitution and that the venue of the conference be shifted to another country.

“I trust that as chairperson of the executive committee, you would pursue the matter and ensure that the century old traditions of the Commonwealth are upheld,” Mahajan said in the letter written on Saturday.