A major argument broke out between India and Pakistan delegates inside the Maldives Parliament today after Pakistani delegates raised Kashmir issue on a forum meant to discuss on sustainable development goal.
As Indian delegation strongly hit back, speaker of Maldivian Parliament Mohamed Nasheed was seen trying to control the situation in vain.
Maldives Parliament (Majlis) was hosting the 4th south Asian speakers’ summit on achieving the sustainable development goal. While India is being represented by Harivansh Narayan Singh, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla; Pakistan’s Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri and Pak Senator Quratulain Marri are representing Islamabad.
“We cannot ignore the situation of Kashmiris who are facing oppression, They are facing injustice,” Suri said in his remarks, drawing a strong reaction from India.
Hitting back, Harivansh Narayan Singh said, “We strongly object to raising of the internal matter of India in this forum. We also reject the politicisation of the forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of the summit.”
Calling Pakistan to “end cross border terrorism and all kinds of state support to the same”, Singh said this need to be done “in the interest of regional peace and stability.” “Terrorism is the biggest threat to the entire humanity in the world today. This forum and summit is meant to discuss SDGs,” he added.