India to boycott Commonwealth meet after Pakistan ignores J&K Speaker

(From PTI)

In a move to assert that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India,  New Delhi has decided to boycott a Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in Islamabad next month as Pakistan has not invited the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

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Such a decision comes amid tensions over two recent terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

“A meeting of Speakers of all states here today (Aug 7) 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 after the meeting.

This follows Pakistan not sending an invitation to Jammu and Kashmir Speaker to the Inter Parliamentary Union meeting to be held from Sept 30 to Oct 8 in Islamabad while invitations have been sent to all the other Speakers in India. Read More

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