Islamabad: The National Assembly Secretariat today said that they cannot invite Speaker of Indian-held Kashmir Assembly, to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference despite Indian boycott. Pakistan fully supports Kashmiris’ right to self determination.

In a statement issued by the NA secretariat, it was stated that Pakistan cannot invite Speaker of Indian occupied Kashmir to the Commonwealth Parliamentary conference, despite Indian boycott.

It said that Pakistan wants the resolution of Kashmir conflict to be, as per the United Nations’ resolutions. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is scheduled to take place in Islamabad, from September 30th to October 8th. All arrangements in this regard have been completed. As many as 403 delegates from 53 countries have assured their participation in the conference.

Reportedly, India has decided to boycott the upcoming conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), being hosted by Pakistan in case Jammu and Kashmir isn’t invited to the program, official sources said.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Speaker Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan, at New Delhi in which Speakers of all State Assemblies participated. J&K was represented by the Speaker Kavinder Gupta.

While Pakistan has invited Mahajan and Speakers of other Indian States to the conference, it has excluded J&K citing ‘disputed nature of the State according to UN resolutions.’ Mahajan had summoned the Speakers to take a call on India’s participation in the meeting.

“The meeting decided that entire India will boycott the conference if J&K is not invited,” said a senior Lok Sabha official, who attended the meeting. However the official said it would only be a “conditional boycott” as a “window of hope is still left.”

“All the State Assemblies have backed the decision to boycott the Islamabad conference on the issue (of J&K),” Mahajan said, soon after the meeting.

53 Commonwealth countries, including India and Pakistan constitute the London-based CPA which holds its meetings annually.

The member base of the CPA, which has commitment towards developing, promoting and supporting parliamentarians to identify benchmarks of good governance and implement enduring values of Commonwealth, consists of heads of Parliaments of member countries and constitutional heads of their respective State legislatures (state branches).

The LS official said the meeting chaired by Mahajan adopted a unanimous resolution, condemning “unilateral decision” of Pakistan to not invite J&K to the nine-day conference that would start on September 30.

“It is a violation of the provisions of CPA constitution by Pakistan to keep Associations’ Executive Committee and General Assembly in dark while acting against traditions of the CPA which is a membership organization, constitutionally bound to invite all its member braches to the conference,” said a press release issued by Lok Sabha secretariat.

The National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan are however scheduled to hold talks on August 23 and 24.