India knocked out in the Maldives as Pakistan raised the Kashmir issue
The exchange of heated arguments happened after Pakistan’s Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri raised the Kashmir issue during the discussion on SDG in Maldives Parliament Majlis.
Subsequently, India was knocked out at the Speakers Summit in the Maldives on Sunday as the host rejected its objection over raising of the Kashmir issue by Pakistan.
A major argument broke out between Pakistan and Indian delegates inside the Maldives Parliament after Pakistani delegates raised the Kashmir issue at the forum. As the Indian delegation raised objections, Speaker of Maldivian Parliament Mohamed Nasheed was seen trying to control the situation.
The Maldives Parliament (Majlis) was hosting the 4th South Asian Speakers Summit on achieving sustainable development goals. Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri and Senator Quratulain Marri represented Pakistan. Meanwhile, India was represented by Harivansh Narayan Singh and Om Birla.
Arguments and counter-arguments over Kashmir
“We cannot ignore the situation of Kashmiris who are facing oppression. They are facing injustice,” Qasim Suri said in his remarks, drawing a strong reaction from India. Harivansh Narayan Singh said, “We strongly object to raising of the internal matter of India in this forum.”
“This forum and summit are meant to discuss SDGs,” he insisted.
Quratulain Marri responded, “SDGs for women and youth, nothing can be achieved without human rights. Atrocities are being meted out to Kashmiris.”
The verbal spat between the two delegations did not die down as Singh interrupted Marri. Quratulain Marri said “Pakistan is not a purveyor of terror” to which the deputy Rajya Sabha speaker said this meet is for SDG discussion.
The speaker of the Maldives Parliament had to scream multiple times to maintain civility but the ruckus continued.
However, the Pakistani delegation remained steadfast in its resolve to internationalize the issue. Qasim Suri said that Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into a heavily militarized zone. Moreover, people are being stopped to perform their religious obligations.
Right of self-determination
Pakistani delegate urged the South Asian countries to support the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination under the resolutions of the United Nations.
Qasim Suri said that means of communication had been disconnected in the occupied valley, aggravating the agony of the people. He further said that the international community must raise the Kashmir issue at the appropriate level by asserting pressure on India for its resolution in accordance with the UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.
The participants of the conference strongly condemned Indian atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to take notice of Indian brutalities.
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