Verbal spat between Indian and Pakistani parliamentarians, India knocked out in Maldives

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri on Sunday raised the Kashmir cause at the Sustainable Deve­lopment Goals summit and apprised its participants about unconstitutional steps and atrocities being committed by Indian government against innocent people of held Kashmir.

Members of the Indian delegation at the summit led by the Lok Sabha speaker tried to interrupt Mr Suri. However, their attempt went unheeded and the deputy speaker continued his speech and apprised the participants about the volatile situation in India-held Kashmir.

The deputy speaker stressed upon the South Asian countries to support the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination under the auspicious of the United Nations (UN).

He reiterated Pakistan’s stance for morally and diplomatically supporting Kashmiris, saying that the attitude of India towards Kashmir issue was putting South Asia peace and development at stake.

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 is meant to discuss SDGs,” he insisted.

Responding to Narayan Singh, Quratulain Marri said, “SDGs for women and youth, nothing can be achieved without human rights. Atrocities were being meted out to Kashmiris.”

The speaker of the Maldives Parliament had to scream multiple times to maintain civility but the ruckus continued.


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