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India rebuts Pakistan's stand on Kashmir at Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Uganda – India Today

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India on Saturday strongly opposed Pakistan’s propaganda on Kashmir at the General Assembly of 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala.

The Pakistani parliamentary delegation raised the issue of Kashmir at the Commonwealth meet claiming that Indian military forces have seized Kashmir.

Pakistan’s propaganda was strongly opposed by BJP MP Roopa Ganguly along with other members of the Indian parliamentary delegation. Roopa Ganguly said that the tradition of military rule is prevalent in Pakistan and that country had been under army rule for 33 years. She added that military rule was unknown in India.

An Indian parliamentary delegation led by the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is participating in the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference being held in Kampala, Uganda from 22 to 29 September.

The delegation includes Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly, Congress MP L Hanumanthaiah, BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi and Lok Sabha Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava. The presiding officers and secretaries of state legislatures, who are members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, are also participating in the conference.

Pakistan had earlier raised the same issue during the 4th South Asian Speakers’ Summit held in Male, Maldives from 1-2 September on the subject ‘achieving sustainable development goals’. The Indian delegation led by Om Birla had strongly opposed the baseless allegations. As a result, the issues raised by Pakistan were rejected and left out of the Male Declaration.

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