The Indian parliamentary delegation led by Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh foiled Pakistan’s bid internationalise the Kashmir issue in the Eurasian Conference in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan. The Pakistani parliamentary delegation led by Asad Qaiser, Speaker of Pakistan’s national assembly, raised the issue of Kashmir. Singh hit back stating "the abrogation of Article 370 was India's internal matter."
“Pakistan raised the issue of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. I objected immediately and said that Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism and also an exporter of terrorists. Pakistan has no moral right to raise this issue”, news agency ANI quoted Harivansh Narayan Singh as saying.
India has for long maintained that Kashmir is India’s internal matter and no third-party mediation is required. However, the Indian delegations is currently attending the fourth meeting of the Speakers of Parliaments of Eurasian nations.
The Eurasian Conference aims to increase participation and cooperation among the parliaments of Europe and Asia. The parliament heads or speakers from 84 European and Asian Countries as well as 16 international and inter-parliamentary organisation have been invited to attend the conference, reported ANI.
In the wake of India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad had decided to downgrade its diplomatic relations with New Delhi.