Won't invite J-K speaker to CPU as it compromises position: Pak

  • PTI, Islamabad
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2015 10:34 IST

Pakistan government said it will not invite the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to the upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Union (CPU) meeting as it would compromise its position on the Kashmir issue.

Special adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs and national security, Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said 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. Pakistan does not recognise and accept the said assembly as a legitimate one," Aziz said.

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

India has threatened to boycott the meet if the speaker of the J-K assembly was not invited.

"A meeting of speakers of all states here (in New Delhi) today unanimously decided that India will boycott the meeting of the CPU if the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly is not invited," Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told reporters on Friday after the meeting.

Mahajan said this was against a rule in the CPU in which all the speakers, who are members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), have to be extended an invitation to the CPU meeting.

Pakistan has not sent an invitation to J-K speaker, while invitations have been sent to all the other speakers in India.

Indian high commissioner TCA 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.

Read:J-K speaker not invited, India to boycott CPU meeting in Pakistan

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