India Snubs Pak, Will Boycott Commonwealth Meet


New Delhi: India has decided to boycott the Commonwealth Speaker’s Parliamentarian Conference to be held in Islamabad later this month in protest against Pakistan’s decision not to invite the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir assembly, calling it a disputed territory.

"Today we held a meeting of the speakers from nearly 31 states and we have decided to write that if Jammu and Kashmir is not invited, we will not attend the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) meet in Pakistan," Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told reporters in New Delhi.

As many as 53 Commonwealth countries, including India and Pakistan, constitute the CPA. The members the London-based group, consisting of the heads of Parliaments of constituent countries and constitutional heads of their respective State legislatures (state branches), meet annually.

While Islamabad invited the representatives of all the Indian states to the nine-day conference starting September 30, no such invitation was sent to Jammu and Kashmir Speaker Kavinder Gupta. "Pakistan is a terrorist state. It appears Pakistan deliberately wanted to do this to humiliate India," the BJP leader said. "Jammu and Kashmir is an inseparable part of India," he added.