Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2015

Pakistan adamant, Commonwealth meet shifted to New York

Islamabad: Finally on Thursday Pakistan announced that it will not host next month’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting amid a row with India over its refusal to invite the speaker of Jammu & Kashmir assembly for the conference. The event is now shifted to New York.

Sadiq said that the event will now be held in New York

Sadiq said that the event will now be held in New York

With Pakistan refusing to budge from its stand of not inviting J&K Assembly Speaker, India had threatened to boycott the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference to be held here from September 30 to October 8.

Pakistan’s National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq told mediapersons that: “We have clarified to the London Secretariat of the Commonwealth that Kashmir is a disputed territory and now it is impossible for the Commonwealth Conference to be held in Pakistan.”

Sadiq said that the event will now be held in New York.

He further said, “a detailed letter will be written to the CPA countries over the Kashmir dispute and the Kashmir issue will be raised on every forum of the Commonwealth.”

The Pakistan National Assembly Speaker even claimed that the decision to hold the event in Pakistan was made on the basis that the Kashmir assembly speaker would not be invited to the Conference.

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