The controversy over inviting Jammu and Kashmir Speaker to the proposed Commonwealth Speakers’ Meet in Pakistan has ended finally with Islamabad cancelling the meet altogether.
The Commonwealth parliamentary conference scheduled to be held on September 30 was cancelled over Kashmir issue as India and Bangladesh insisted that it should not be part of the agenda, while inviting J&K speaker would amount to de-jure recognition of Kashmir legislature.
However the scheduled nations security advisers’ meeting will go as planned for the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Pakistan parliamentary speaker Ayaz Sadiq said the cancellation was imminent to raise the Kashmir issue as Pakistan “saw an opportunity to raise the Kashmir issue” by refusing to host the conference.
“When it is clear that we have fought wars over this, brought resolutions in the United Nations, then how can we abandon our point of view now?” he told Reuters.
Ironic but the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi will go ahead with its meeting with Hurriyat leaders on Aug. 23, the same day when NSA meeting is due. Last year, India cancelled a foreign secretaries level meeting over the meeting with Kashmiri leaders.
The NSA meeting is being held as per Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting on the sidelines of a summit in Russia to resume high-level talks.
However, the cancelled Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting is held to bring together legislators in former British colonies and has more customary significance.