Harivansh counters Pak on Kashmir at Speakers’ meet

Harivansh counters Pak on Kashmir at Speakers’ meet

Agency News

Male (Maldives), Sep 1 : The Indian delegation attending the Speakers' conference in Maldives on Sunday strongly countered a Pakistani delegate raising the Kashmir issue and said there was no justification in raising the "internal matter" of India at such a forum.

"We reject the politicisation of this forum by raising the issue which are not in tune with the theme of this Summit (4th South Asian Speakers' Summit)," Harivansh, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, said raising a point of order during the conference after Pakistani delegation made his observation on Jammu and Kashmir.

"There is need for Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism and all kinds of state support in the interest of regional peace and stability," he said.

Terrorism is the "biggest threat" to the entire humanity in the entire world today and maintained that the reference to Kashmir situation be deleted from the proceedings of the session.

The Indian parliamentary delegation for the two-day Fourth South Asian Speakers' Summit on 'Achieving the Sustainable Goals' is being led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

Snehlata Shrivastava, Lok Sabha Secretary General, and Desh Deepak Verma, Rajya Sabha Secretary General, are also part of the delegation.

Besides India and Pakistan; presiding officers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka constitute the Speakers Forum.