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South Asian Speakers’ Summit rejects Pakistan’s claims on Kashmir

"The South Asian Speakers' Summit, while adopting the Male declaration, overlooked all assertions made by the Pakistani parliamentary delegation," sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 2, 2019 10:29:14 pm
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A day after India thwarted Pakistan’s attempt to drag Jammu and Kashmir on to the table of an international conference in the Maldives Parliament, the Male declaration adopted on Monday overlooked all assertions made by Islamabad on the issue, PTI reported.

“The South Asian Speakers’ Summit, while adopting the Male declaration, overlooked all assertions made by the Pakistani parliamentary delegation,” sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat told PTI.

On Sunday, the House of Male witnessed a fierce debate between representatives of India and Pakistan after the latter tried to raise the Kashmir issue during the discussion on Sustainable Development Goals.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh “strongly objected” to statements made by Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker of the Pakistani National Assembly, and also took on Senator Quratulain Marri.

Suri, who belongs to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, said: “We cannot ignore the situation of tortured Kashmiris. They have been dealing with terror and injustice.”

Harivansh immediately raised a point of order to say that commenting on the internal matters of any nation was a digression from the theme of the Summit, and should not be recorded in the proceedings.

“We strongly object to raising the internal matter of India here and we also reject the politicisation of this forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of this Summit,” Harivansh said in a video released by a Maldivian television channel.

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