An Indian delegation comprising Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Gaurav Gogoi and BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal thwarted Pakistan's attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at a UNICEF meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka, asserting that it is an internal matter of India. The MPs shut down another attempt of Pakistan to internationalise the Kashmir issue.
The UNICEF event being held in Colombo was aimed towards children rights. Still, Pakistan attempted to raise and internationalise the Kashmir issue. Gogoi shut the Pakistani delegation down and reminded them of their own troubles related to human rights, the plight of minorities and legislations such as the ‘blasphemy law’. He said, “It is highly unfortunate that at a child right’s conference organised by the UNICEF in Sri Lanka the Pakistan delegation tries to internationalise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. We firmly reminded them that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and India is the largest democracy in the world and as stakeholders in Indian democracy, an Indian voice will be heard, not that of a vested interest, not that of a foreign country and certainly not that of Pakistan.”
This comes days after India had thwarted a previous attempt by Pakistan to raise the Kashmir issue during the South Asia Speaker’s Summit in the Maldives. The Malé Declaration adopted by the meeting overlooked Pakistan’s claim on the issue. India and Pakistan had a tense confrontation during the summit which was held in the Majlis, the Malaysian Parliament, on Sunday. Pakistan's Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri tried to raise the Kashmir issue during the discussion on Sustainable Development Goals. This led to India immediately raising a point of order after which the presiding officer asking Suri to let the Indian representative, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, to speak, but he did not pay any heed, leading to a commotion. In a strong response, Harivansh hit out at Pakistan for raising India's internal issue and politicisation of the forum.
Some Congress leaders have broken across party lines and have come out in support in Article 370 being abolished.
I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India.— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) August 6, 2019
Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.
Congress MLA from Raebareli Sadar, Aditi Singh too had tweeted in favour of the abrogation of Article 370 by the BJP-led NDA government.
(Inputs from PTI)