Male(Maldives), Sep 2: The two-day long South Asian Speakers' Summit held here rejected assertion made by Pakistani Parliamentary Delegation vis-a-vis the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. According to sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat, while the stance taken by Pakistani delegation was 'overlooked', India’s position was prominently reflected, which included inter alia commitments to work collectively on Promoting Equality at Work including Equal Remuneration and Creating Jobs for Young People.
The Male Declaration also pledged to work for Nutrition and Food Security as drivers of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health in the Asia Pacific Region; and Overcoming Challenges and Utilising Opportunities to Strengthen the Regional Agenda for Delivering on Paris Agreement. Sources said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla thanked the Speaker and Secretary General of Maldives Parliament for organizing the Conference and wonderful hospitality.
The Indian delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker on Sunday rebutted Pakistani delegates raising Kashmir issue and said the world knows how Islamabad 'committed genocide' in their own country - which is now an independent country called Bangladesh. "The world knows how they committed genocide in a part of their own country and that country is now separate entity called Bangladesh....I would like to ask what moral rights this country (Pakistan) has to raise issues related to human rights?
Since they have raised human rights issue of Kashmir, I would like to state facts that Pakistan has occupied our part of Kashmir known as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir," Harivansh, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, has said raising a point of order during the conference after Pakistani delegate made his observation on Jammu and Kashmir. "There is need for Pakistan to end cross-border terrorism and all kinds of State support to the same in the interest of regional peace and stability," he said.
"We also reject the politicisation of this Forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of this Summit," Mr Harivansh has said. He went onto explain that the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir comprises two areas, the so-called Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan - which Pakistan has "illegally occupied" through armed action in 1947. "Pakistan has kept people of this region guessing on their status. As a constitutional entity, the so-called 'AJK' is unique.
It has been given the trappings of a country with a President, a Prime Minister and a Legislature of its own. But the so-called AJK is neither a country nor a province," he said. The Karachi Agreement (April 28, 1949) truncated Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and brought more than 85 per cent of the land, strategically important for its connectivity with China and control of rivers, under Pakistan's direct control'.
"From the time of the Karachi Agreement, the so-called Azad Kashmir President and Prime Minister have enjoyed only titular power, that too at the pleasure of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs - later on Ministry of Kashmir and Northern Areas (KANA) and then Ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
The Indian parliamentary delegation for the two-day Fourth South Asian Speakers' Summit on 'Achieving the Sustainable Goals' led by Lok Sabha Speaker Mr Birla also has Snehlata Shrivastava, Lok Sabha Secretary General and Desh Deepak Verma, Rajya Sabha Secretary General as part of the delegation. Besides India and Pakistan; presiding officers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka constitute the Speakers Forum. (UNI)